Portugal orders 500,000 Intel Classmate PCs
The Portuguese government has announced a new educational program called the Magellan Initiative with one of it’s goals being to bring inexpensive mobile computers to young students. Unfortunately for OLPC the order wasn’t placed with them and it was pretty big–500,000.
Portugal has chosen Intel’s Classmate PC, which will be manufactured under license in northern Portugal during the during the upcoming school year and distributed to students using the existing subsidized ‘e-School’ program and the cost per student will vary with the family’s income but be no higher than €50, or about $78.
Portugal’s Prime Minister Jose Socrates says “by equipping our schools with state-of-the-art computing technology and Internet connectivity, we hope to hasten the transition to economic models that benefit our citizens.”
[Via Ars Technica]