Dayanidhi Maran, India's IT Minister, Unveils Low-Cost Computers
Offers a Ready-To-Use PC for Rs.9,990 (US$232)
Oct. 15, 2005 10:45 AM
Dayanidhi Maran, Minister of Communications & Information Technology, has unveiled the low-cost PC based on an x86 1600 MHz processor from Advanced Micro Devices, (AMD). The launch by Shri Maran is a step in furtherance of his championing the cause of introducing computers at an affordable price to the public as also to promote Internet penetration.
As an important step in the product realization of this 50x15 vision, AMD in association with HCL, the leading Indian computer manufacturer, announced the availability of India’s most affordable home computer for its value, by offering a ready-to-use PC for Rs.9,990 (US$232).This HCL PC is also available bundled with Microsoft Windows XPStarter Edition at Rs.11,240 (US$261)
Speaking at the launching function held here, Maran said, “I am very happy that AMD has taken this initiative to increase Internet penetration and enable a computer with AMD’s x86 1600 MHz processor at this price point. Along with affordable broadband solutions from BSNL at Rs.250(US$6) per month, and with Microsoft Windows XP Starter Edition, this PC can be used as a vehicle to significantly increase broadband penetration in India. AMD’s 50x15 vision shows AMD’s commitment to develop relevant technology solutions for India’s needs.
All of these developments not only further the cause of the National Common Minimum Programme (NCMP), but also help to bridge the knowledge gap between different socio-economic groups to make them ready for the information age. I am very excited about the possibilities this announcement opens up for all Indians.”
50x15 is AMD's commitment to enable affordable Internet access and computing capabilities for 50 per cent of the world population by the year 2015. AMD will be working to enable various computing platforms to address the needs of India, a core market for the global 50x15 initiative. These platforms, based on AMD’s x86 microprocessors, will address the key requirements such as affordability, internet readiness, wireless capability, low-power usage, dust-resistance, security, and ease-of-use.