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Intel to promote computer usage in rural India

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Chip major, Intel Corp has taken an initiative to bridge digital divide in India as part of its World Ahead Programme. Intel showcased three low cost devices, aiming to hit the rural Indian market.

The devices are, desktop PC runs on an energy efficient microprocessor; a community PC adapted to Indian conditions and Eduwise, a notebook targeted at school students. The new affordable PC will be available at 20 per cent less than the lowest priced Intel computers currently available in the market. These also consume 50 per cent less power than PCs. `Eduwise' the small, affordable and rugged learning devices for students would be available in India in the first half of 2007. It is likely to be priced at less than $400. Intel aims to spend $1 billion over the next five years to promote Internet use and computer training in developing markets in India. The company expects to train over 800,000 teachers in India.

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