DMP Electronics breaks into US$100 laptop
2009/10/08
On the first day of ADOC 2.0 Week 2009, DMP Electronics unveiled its US$100 “EduBook” that attracted people’s interests. Mr. Qiu Ying-zhen, vice president of DMP, said the EduBook is ideal to the countries that desperately need digital requirement including Chile, Guatemala, Colombia, and countries in Africa.
 
The “EduBook” can be assembled in 10 minutes with only a screwdriver with 30 simple steps to follow by assembling 11 components including keyboard, battery cover, and external cover. Moreover, the EduBook uses SD card and 8 AA batteries that will save cost and adds convenience when changing the batteries. During Computex Taipei 2009, DMP make a “live demonstration” of EduBook.
 
Qiu indicated EduBook is in semi-knock down (SDK) kit package when shipped to the local government or corresponding companies will assemble the device, and decide to add SD card for extra storage and choose their own OS system either Linux-based or Windows-based.. 
 
EduBook has 8.9-inch screen, weighing 980g. and adapts own x86 SoC, instead of using Atom by Intel. It is also equipped with the wireless module developed by the company. DMP said it took company 4 years of development to integrate all IC chipsets such as CPU, North & South Bridge and Graphic Display onto a single mainboard. The CPU has processing speed of 1GHz and consumes maximum power consumption of 8 watts, which does not need of cooling fan.
 
The OLPC project, headed by Nicolas Negroponte, is launched by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), aiming to produce US$100 laptops for the pupils in developing countries. MIT has invited many IT hardware manufacturers and enterprises to enter this project, but the end result is the OLPC costs US$188, instead of US$100.
 
Furthermore, DMP will launch 10-inch EduBook by the end of 2009 and will introduce faster processors of 1.5GHz~2.5GHz in June next year.
 
 The laptop is designed for diplomatic purpose; therefore DMP will not sell it to developed countries or in Taiwan.