XO-2 Cancelled In Favor Of ARM-Based XO 1.75

olpc 2.0The dual touchscreen OLPC XO-2 project has been cancelled due to non-viability of the device. Since the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) foundation is looking to make a sub $200 device, they cannot fit the XO-2 into their scheme of things. They have also been facing some budget shortages and the economy has definitely not been helping matters.

The first OLPC device to come out, the original XO, had an AMD processor. The second device was the XO 1.5 that had a faster VIA processor. And now that the XO-2 has been cancelled, its replacement – the XO 1.75 will be running on an ARM processor and will look similar to the last version.

The ARM architecture also means that it will not be able to support x86 architecture requirements and hence will not be running Windows. But since they are trying to keep the costs down, they are definitely not going to benefit from a machine that can run a costly operating system like Windows. They are much better off running Linux distributions like Ubuntu and may be even an adaptation of Moblin.

Even though the XO-2 is not happening, the organization has already started planning the XO-3. According to their plans, the XO-3 will be one single sheet, made out of plastic. It will be a quarter of an inch thick and will have a full color, reflective and transmissive surface. They also want to make the device unbreakable and waterproof. If all that is not ambitious then their price for it all surely is. They want to sell this device for only $75. Which means they are again looking at sub-$100 territory like they did in the beginning. Their own estimated arrival date is 2012, which seems highly unlikely right now.

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