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Wyse, AMD Join Forces To Bridge Digital Gap

The program aims to connect 50% of the world’s population through affordable Internet access and computers by the year 2015.

NEW YORK — Wyse Technology is collaborating with AMD to deliver thin computing products to emerging markets as part of the company’s Digital Inclusion program.

This program will be combined with AMD’s 50x15 initiative that aims to connect 50 percent of the world’s population through affordable Internet access and computing capability by the year 2015.'

"Beyond providing Internet access, technology must be easy to deploy and not place the burden of understanding and maintaining complex computer systems on the local people. AMD's 50x15 initiative is a great foundation and framework for our efforts to leverage the thin computing model to meet the needs of the global population," said John Kish, President and CEO of Wyse, during a presentation to company executives and financial analysts here on Wednesday (Nov.2).

Wyse's Digital Inclusion program was launched in India in June, and is now underway in Uganda. Wyse's S50 Linux-based thin clients use AMD Geode processors in partner Inveneo's Solar Power Communication Systems. The products are designed to run on alternative power sources, provide both computer and telephone access via wireless networking and enable a variety of educational and social services.'

AMD and Wyse said they plan to launch similar programs around the world.

Through the 50x15 initiative, AMD and its partners are working to create a series of reference architectures for high-growth regions. Wyse will provide thin client technology and engineering expertise.

Wyse recently opened a research and development center in Beijing to “aggressively promote thin-client computing as a compelling solution for enterprises throughout Asia Pacific," according to Wyse Asia-Pacific President Andrew Hu. The sheer size of emerging markets like China provides opportunities in network-centric computing for financial and manufacturing industries, said Hu. "The thin-client market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 20.7 percent from 2005 to 2009, significantly outpacing the overall growth rate of the PC market," predicted IDC researcher Bob O'Donnell.

Wyse and Sun Microsystems announced a strategic alliance at the event to cooperate on joint engineering projects. Wyse plans to bundle Sun's SGDS client software'on its S- and V-Class thin clients. They will operate across three operating system platforms: Linux, WindowsCE and Windows XPe.'

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