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Review of the Simputer (Scientific American)

Nov 18, 2002 — by LinuxDevices Staff — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

This online article frm Scientific American magazine reviews the Simputer, a Linux-based handheld device designed for rural villagers in the third world. Fiona Harvey writes . . .

“It doesn't look like much. A drab, gray piece of plastic, about five inches long and three inches wide. A black-and-white screen, three inches by two inches, showing a few simple snippets of text. And yet this nondescript little computer may hold the key to bringing information technology to Third World countries.”

“The Simputer was conceived by a team of computer scientists at the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore. To make the machine cheap enough to sell in poor regions, the developers kept the hardware requirements to a minimum. The Simputer's microprocessor is an Intel Strong-ARM chip, which is known for its low power consumption. The device will have as much as 64 megabytes of random-access memory and 32 megabytes of flash memory, as well as a modem that can connect to a telephone line. And the computer runs on the Linux operating system, which is available free of charge . . .”

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