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Former OLPC CTO aims to create $75 laptop
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Written by Daniel   
Thursday, 10 January 2008 10:48
 Mary Lou Jepsen is hoping that Pixel Qi can utilize the technology she developed at OLPC to create low-cost, power-efficient computers and consumer electronics

By Agam Shah, IDG News Service
January 09, 2008
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A laptop under $100 could reach desks if a new venture formed by the former CTO of One Laptop Per Child, Mary Lou Jepsen, can deliver on its promises.
A "spin-out" from OLPC, the company, Pixel Qi is looking to create a $75 laptop and trying to advance low-cost computers and power-efficient laptops, mobile phones, and other consumer electronics that are sunlight readable, Jepsen wrote on the company's Web site.

Jepsen left OLPC two weeks ago to commercialize technologies she invented with OLPC, she said in an e-mail to the IDG News Service at the time. A patent lists Jepsen as one of the inventors of a display system optimized for low-power operation.

"Spinning out from OLPC enables the development of a new machine, beyond the XO [laptop], while leveraging a larger market for new technologies," Jepsen wrote.

There is a big commercial market for technology spawned by OLPC, Jepsen wrote. Prices for next-generation hardware can be brought down by allowing multiple uses of key technology advances, she wrote.

The company will continue to work with OLPC by providing products at cost, and it will sell devices at a profit to commercial organizations.

A similar promise to introduce a low-cost laptop came from OLPC, when it launched the $100 XO laptop in 2005. Since then, the effort has been afflicted by production delays and rising costs, which caused the laptop's estimated price to rise to $200. It is now beset by waning orders and competition from commercial vendors that threaten to sideline the nonprofit effort... More   Comment in the Forums
 

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