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Intel Debuts PC Design For Rural India

The company's "Community PC" is meant to stand up to the tough weather conditions--heat, dust, and humidity--that often trash conventional systems.

BANGALORE, India — Intel Corp. has launched what it describes as a PC platform specifically meant to meet the needs of rural communities in this country. This Intel-powered “community PC platform” can operate in a community setting, adjusting to varying environmental conditions in the country.

Intel has also announced its “Jagruti” (awakening) initiative meant to provide rural communities in the country with more economic and social opportunities by collaborating with leaders in business, government, education, online services and Internet service providers. The program supports the spread of rural internet kiosks based on the new Intel-powered Community PC. These kiosks will help accelerate access to the benefits of information and communications technologies (ICT) in villages across India.

The community PC platform was defined by Intel after studies in rural India showed a strong desire for technology access exists in remote rural communities. Unfortunately, weather conditions (heat, dust, humidity) and unreliable power sources can compromise conventional PCs used in such environments. The community PC was developed to be a fully functional, expandable and shared-access computing solution and be a reliable system that supports remote diagnostics and control features under low power requirements. Its unique features include a ruggedized chassis designed to withstand dusty conditions, varying temperatures and high humidity, with a removable dust filter and integrated air fan to regulate the temperature of the motherboard. The chassis is designed to keep the motherboard cool at temperatures as high as 45 degrees Celsius and the PC resistant to humidity levels of 70 to 85 RH (Relative Humidity). The total power consumption of all peripherals is less than 100 watts.

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