PC buyers have never had it so good, close on the heels of a Kolkata company launching a sub-10,000 PC, Advanced Micro Devices Inc and HCL have launched a sub-10,000 PC powered with AMD's 1600 MHz x86 processor. The computer was unveiled by Communications and IT Minister Dayanidhi Maran on October 13.
Priced at Rs 9,990, this HCL PC is also available bundled with Microsoft Windows XP Starter Edition at Rs 11,240.
Speaking at the launch Maran said, "I am very happy that AMD has taken this initiative to increase Internet penetration and enable a computer with AMD's x86 1600 MHz processor at this price point. Along with affordable broadband solutions from BSNL at Rs 250 per month, and with Microsoft Windows XP Starter Edition, this PC can be used as a vehicle to significantly increase broadband penetration in India. AMD's 50x15 vision shows AMD's commitment to develop relevant technology solutions for India's needs. I am very excited about the possibilities this announcement opens up for all Indians."
50x15 is AMD's commitment to enable affordable Internet access and computing capabilities for 50 per cent of the world population by the year 2015. AMD is working to enable various computing platforms to address the needs of India, a core market for its global 50x15 initiative. These platforms, based on AMD's x86 microprocessors, will address the key requirements such as affordability, internet readiness, wireless capability, low-power usage, dust-resistance, security, and ease-of-use.
In order to meet this challenge, AMD asked Maran to join the newly formed 50x15 global advisory committee. The committee will comprise some of the world's leading digital inclusion experts from industry, government, academia and the non-profit sector, all of whom will help define and guide the worldwide 50x15 programme over the next 10 years.
Ajay Marathe, Corporate Vice-President, AMD, and President, AMD India Ltd, said, "This PC is an important step in the realisation of DIT and AMD's joint vision to provide affordable computing and internet connectivity to the Indian people."