Intel Quits OLPC Board Over Pressure to Kill Classmate PC

Intel resigned from the One Laptop Per Child Project's board of directors after refusing a request to abandon its Classmate PC program, according to a source familiar with the situation. Intel's departure from OLPC's board means that an effort to build a version of the project's XO laptop based on an Intel processor is over, the source said.

Intel's Classmate PC is a low-cost laptop designed for students in developing countries and competes against OLPC's XO laptop, which is based on a microprocessor from Advanced Micro Devices (AMD). Intel and OLPC agreed in July to work together on the development of technology for low-cost laptops and to stop disparaging each other's laptop offerings.

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