AMD rolled out their Personal Internet Computing (PIC) device to two new countries this week: Uganda on Friday and Mexico last Monday. Both countries are part of AMD’s 50X15 Initiative, which is their effort to bring Internet access to 50 percent of the world’s population by 2015.
Friday’s announcement is a demonstration deployment so no revenue is involved, although AMD expects that the project will evolve into a revenue stream over time. Ultimately, NEPAD will be responsible for completing the project in Uganda and aims to expand it to 16 additional African countries. The organization’s goal is to connect 600,000 schools with 31 million PIC devices.
The PIC is essentially a PC without a monitor. It is based on a modified version of Windows CE and is a closed system so it is virus and spyware-resistant. It comes preloaded with word processing, spreadsheet, presentation viewer, e-mail, media player, and instant-messaging software. It is also made to withstand extreme conditions such as temperature and dust.
AMD is not providing monitors as part of the PIC packages.