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$20 Laptop To Be Introduced By India

03/05/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

India is planning to produce a laptop computer for the knockdown price of about $20 (16, 14), having come up with the Tata Nano, the world's cheapest car at about $2,000.

The project, backed by New Delhi, would considerably undercut the so-called "$100 laptop", otherwise known as the Children's Machine or XO, that was designed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology of the US.

The Children's Machine, which received a cool reception in India, is the centrepiece of the One Laptop Per Child charity initiative launched by Nicholas Negroponte, the computer scientist and former director of MIT's Media Lab. Intel launched a similar product, called Classmate, in response.

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