Houston Community News >> Chinese PC Maker Offers 129 Dollar Computer

2/7/2007 SINGAPORE -- A Chinese PC maker today introduced a low-cost PC designed for customers in rural China that can be used with a TV as a display.

Sichuan Sinomanic Technology LLC in Chengdu developed the $129 Tian En GX-2, which is being pitched as a low-cost system that can help narrow the "digital divide" between China's rural and urban areas.

The GX-2 is based on a 400MHz MIPS processor from Raza Microelectronics Inc. It runs either a version of the Linux operating system or FutureAlpha, a Chinese-developed operating system. The GX-2 has 128MB of DDR (double data rate) DRAM, one USB 2.0 port, a 10/100Mbit/sec. Ethernet adapter and a 1GB Secure Digital memory card to store data.

The PC, which does not include a monitor, has a VGA output for computer monitors as well as a TV output. This capability could help some users save money as TVs are found in most homes across China.

Software that comes bundled with the GX-2 includes an Internet browser, a Chinese-English dictionary and a calendar application for managing appointments, among others, Sinomanic said.

The price of the GX-2 is roughly the same as the laptop developed by the One Laptop per Child project, which the group recently said costs about $130. That system is expected to enter volume production during the third quarter of this year.

(Contributed by Reuters)