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OLPC goes with VIA processors

The One Laptop Per Child Association (OLPC) has dropped AMD processors from its XO-1 laptop

The One Laptop Per Child Association (OLPC) has dropped AMD processors from its XO-1 laptop. The machines are now set to be powered by VIA’s C7-M processor itp.net has learned.

The OLPC is a U.S. based non-profit organisation setup with the purpose of creating an affordable educational device for use in developing countries. Its mission is ‘To create educational opportunities for the world’s poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning’. The firm’s current focus is on the design, creation and deployment of the XO-1 laptop.

The XO was originally designed around AMD’s Geode CPU but the organisation has now opted for the C7-M because it is capable of running between speeds of 400MHz and 1GHz. The firm says this is an upgrade over AMD’s Geode LX chip. The VIA chip is also said to require a lower amount of power.

VIA is also said to be providing a core-logic chipset that will feature a 3D graphics engine and a High Definition (HD) video decoder. Systems based around this new chip are expected to begin operational trials in August.