Indian firm unveils low-cost Linux-based PCs, by Dinesh C. Sharma
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Affordable computing devices have caught the attention of many technology companies targeting emerging markets such as India and Russia. Advanced Micro Devices, for example, has partnered with Tata Group to market its Personal Internet Communicator in India. And Taiwan’s Via Technologies on Tuesday launched a reference design for a PC that would cost around $250.
Encore said its computers target different segments of the low-end market, including students, small businesses, government workers and professionals such as lawyers and chartered accountants. The company said Mobilis has been integrated into the dashboard of a recently launched electric car and will be deployed in the United States for home automation applications. Four universities in India and four in South Africa are going to Mobilis as an electronic-book reader, the company said.
The firm previously developed a low-cost handheld device, called the Simputer, with diverse applications. It hopes to begin commercial manufacture of the new products in three months.
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