Why $100 computers are on the way

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

?by John G. Spooner

What’s the next step for AMD in emerging markets? Are you going to continue with the Personal Internet Communicator or are you working on the mythical $100 PC?
Ruiz: The PIC was our first attempt to do something different. I think that will continue to morph into a new generation of products. We have a PIC2 and a PIC 3 on the road map. All those products will improve the (computing) power and value, while at the same time lowering the cost.
I don’t think a $100 computer is out of the question in a three-year time frame. A lot of people forget that the first cell phones came out at $3,000 to $4,000 dollars and today are free. I think there’s going to be some of that same kind of movement with computing and communications devices.
It’s important for us to not lose sight of the segment that today doesn’t have any products built for it. The trickle-down effect of desktops and laptops into that segment just doesn’t work. I believe that we have an opportunity to use our x86 know-how and capability to really build products for that segment. That will be the PIC at the beginning, and there will be more. I think, within three years, it’s not at all unreasonable to think of a $100 laptop for that segment.

A $100 laptop?
Ruiz: Yes.

Interview found here.

Source: CNET News.com