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Optoelectronics & Communications

India to follow $2,000 car with $20 laptop, maybe

India is planning to produce a laptop computer for the knockdown price of about $20 (€16, £14), having come up with the Tata Nano, the world's cheapest car at about $2,000. The project, backed by New Delhi, would considerably undercut the so-called "$100 laptop" designed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

India's "Sakshat" laptop is intended to boost distance learning to help India fulfil its overwhelming educational needs. It forms part of a broader plan to improve e-learning at more than 18,000 colleges and 400 universities. However, some analysts are sceptical that a $20 laptop would be commercially sustainable and the project has yet to attract a commercial partner.

Full story from the Financial Times.
Update: India's Sakshat = $20 wireless flash drive.