We reported last month that the $100 laptop was going to be a reality, but now Taiwanese company Quanta has made a deal to manufacture these One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) computers, designed by MIT Media Labs. Quanta, which also manufactures systems for companies such as HP, Apple, Dell, Gateway, Sony, IBM, Sharp and Fujitsu, has promised "to devote substantial engineering resources to the OLPC project during the first half of 2006 with the goal of bringing the OLPC system to market by the end of 2006." Based on Linux, these laptops feature a 500 MHz processor, a screen capable of displaying both full color and high-contrast black and white, 128MB of RAM and 512MB of flash memory, four USB ports, wireless broadband and will be able to operate on wind-up power.
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