Thursday, November 29, 2007

AMD Aims Higher Price-Points with Forthcoming Phenom Chips

Advanced Micro Devices, the world’s second largest maker of x86 chips, will not be able to sell its latest desktop AMD Phenom central processing units (CPUs) for $1000 a piece for several months from now, but next quarter it hopes to be able to target higher price-points than today with AMD Phenom models 9700 and 9900.

“AMD intends to offer the following new processors in Q1 of 2008: a processor model 9900 (2.60GHz) priced below $350 and a Phenom processor model 9700 (2.40GHz) priced below $300,” a spokesperson for AMD said, referring to prices for large customers in 1000-unit quantities.

The recently unveiled quad-core AMD Phenom 9000-series processors are made using 65nm process technology and are initially available at 2.20GHz (model 9500) and 2.30GHz (model 9600). The new chips have thermal design power (TDP) of 95W, a not so low value. AMD Phenom processors 9600 (2.3GHz) and 9500 (2.2GHz) are now available for orders by AMD customers for $283 and $251 respectively in 1000-unit pricing.

Presently, $283 per chip is the highest price that AMD currently asks for a desktop microprocessor. The company also offers dual-core AMD Athlon 64 X2 6400+ Black Edition processor clocked at 3.20GHz for $220 in business quantities as well as dual-core AMD Athlon 64 FX-74 (3.0GHz) chips for 2P platforms for $599 a pair; but the FX-series chips are hardly popular nowadays.

AMD badly needs to be able to increase pricing of its microprocessors as well as improve its profit margins these days. The company lost $1.6 billion in its fiscal year and currently has debts that equal $5.3 billion. Moreover, after the chipmaker acquired graphics and multimedia chip developer ATI Technologies, it lost inconceivable share of its revenues and profits, which now also pulls the whole company down.

Provided that the numbers of the new Phenom chips with higher frequencies are sufficient and the products are introduced on time, the introduction of the AMD Phenom 9900 processor in Q1 2008 will help Advanced Micro Devices to boost its revenues substantially, as the chip has all chances to become popular among certain groups of end-users.

Intel Corp. currently sells its Intel Core 2 Quad Q6700 (2.66GHz) chip for $530 and if AMD’s Phenom 9900 (2.60GHz) shows higher performance amid lower price, then the new CPU will be successful on the market. But if Intel drops the price of the model Q6700 tangibly, AMD’s model 9900 will have to show its potential, or reduce the price.

Intel’s Mainstream Nehalem Chips Expected to Eliminate North Bridge Necessity

Intel’s code-named Nehalem processors have been projected to tangibly change Intel-based personal computer (PC) architecture thanks to new micro-architecture and built-in memory controller. But the actual transformation of Intel PC platform may be even more dramatic, as the forthcoming chips will have built-in graphics core and PCI Express support.

The first version of the Nehalem processor family will be the code-named Bloomfield chip aimed at extreme desktops/workstations, high-end desktops and servers as well as on some other quite expensive systems. The central processing unit (CPU) will have built-in triple-channel memory controller, will use Quick Path Interconnect (QPI) bus to connect to other chips within the system and will utilize LGA1366 form-factor. In general, Bloomfield-based PC platforms will resemble traditional AMD64 system architecture with CPU, North Bridge and I/O controller.

But microprocessors from the Nehalem family aimed at mainstream market – code-named Lynnfield and Havendale – will have substantial differences compared to Bloomfield, which will catalyze dramatic changes to PC architecture going forward, reports PC Watch web-site.

Intel’s Lynnfield processor is a Nehalem micro-architecture-based monolith quad-core microprocessor in LGA1160 form-factor with dual-channel DDR3 memory controller as well as PCI Express 2.0 x16 interface to connect add-on graphics cards.

Intel’s Havendale processor is multi-chip module (MCM) in LGA1160 form-factor containing Nehalem micro-architecture-based dual-core CPU as well as graphics and memory controller hub (GMCH) that features dual-channel DDR3 memory controller, PCI Express 2.0 x16 interface to connect add-on graphics cards as well as integrated graphics core. It is projected that both chips on the MCM are made using 45nm process technology.

Since both Lynnfield and Havendale have memory controller as well as PCI Express interconnection inside, there will be no need for GMCH (or North Bridge) on the mainboard. Instead, the new processors will connect directly to code-named Ibexpeak platform controller hub (PCH) that will carry hard drive controller, wired and wireless network controllers, monitor physical interfaces, PCI controller and other input/output as well as platform-related capabilities.

If today’s mainstream personal computers usually employ three chips that feature the core functionality of the system – CPU, (G)MCH and I/O controller – then in the Nehalem era mainstream systems will be based only on two chips: CPU and PCH. Both Lynnfield and Havendale are projected to emerge in the first half of 2009.

Intel officials did not comment on the news-story.

Nintendo Wii, DS Set Sales Records in Thanksgiving Week

Nintendo of America announced on Wednesday that during the Thanksgiving week, the first week of holiday shopping season, record numbers of Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii game consoles were sold in the USA. The figures prove that game devices from Nintendo have all chances to become the must-have holiday gift.

According to the company, Nintendo of America has sold more Nintendo products than at any other time in its history. This includes more than 653 thousand Nintendo DS portable video game systems, 350 thousand Wii home systems and millions of games and accessories throughout the United States.

“Nintendo’s 350 thousand Wii systems represent the highest one-week U.S. sales total outside of its launch week one year ago. Nintendo DS set a new all-time sales record for Thanksgiving week, eclipsing the previous mark of 600 thousand Game Boy Advance systems sold during the same period in the United States in 2005,” a statement by Nintendo reads.

These are internal Nintendo of America numbers that represent sales from Sunday, November 18, through Saturday, November 24. It is unclear whether the figures stand for sold-in number of devices or sold-through estimations.

According to the U.S. market tracker NPD Group, around 100 thousand of Nintendo Wii home game consoles were sold-through weekly in the last couple of months. Thus, if 350 thousand has any relation to the number of devices sold by customers, it means that demand towards the device is nearly extreme and it can easily surpass the 1.5 million units sold-through in December.

“As shoppers look for ways to maximize their limited holiday spending money, they turn to gifts that can be used by the entire family. Wii and Nintendo DS offer something for every member of the family. They’re the most fun video game experiences at the most affordable price,” said George Harrison, Nintendo of America’s senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications.

Nintendo Wii has manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) of $249.99, while Nintendo DS has an MSRP of $129.99.

AMD Readies “Black Edition” Phenom Processor, Phenom FX May Face Further Delay

Advanced Micro Devices said at a presentation of its new platform in Japan that although it will not be able to offer any high-end AMD Phenom FX processors for many months from now, it will unveil “Black Edition” of its AMD Phenom 9600 chip that will allow easy overclocking capabilities already in December.

AMD Phenom processor 9600 Black Edition will operate at 2.30GHz clock-speed, 2MB shared L3 cache and 512KB dedicated L2 cache per core and will have support for dual-channel PC2-8500 (DDR2 1066MHz), just like the typical AMD Phenom 9600 chip. However, the Black Edition processor has unlocked clock multiplier, which allows enthusiasts to clock the new chip higher than 2.30GHz without any issues. If the roadmap that AMD recently unveiled in Japan is correct, then AMD Phenom 9600 Black Edition is due in December, 2007.

The customizable clock multiplier and auto-adjustable memory frequency of the new chip enables amateurs and value-conscious enthusiasts to maximize the performance of their desktop computers without substantial hassles. Typically enthusiasts have to increase base HyperTransport bus speed from default 200MHz, which eventually causes not only CPU clock-speed boost, but also alters HT bus and memory frequency, meaning that other components apart from the microprocessor also should be able to handle increased speeds. Previously customizable clock multiplier were only available on high-end AMD Athlon 64 FX processors that could retail for as much as $1000 per chip.

Earlier this month AMD said that it could not release any high-end AMD Phenom FX or even AMD Phenom processors clocked at 2.40GHz and above due to errata that causes system instability under high load. Even though the company said that the errata can be corrected by implementing a fix into BIOS of AMD Phenom-supporting mainboard, AMD itself has no plans to release current revision of Phenom at speeds beyond 2.30GHz. As a consequence, it is unclear whether AMD Phenom 9600 Black Edition provides high overclocking potential without causing system instabilities or not.

AMD did not reveal pricing of the new central processing unit (CPU), but it will hardly be considerably more expensive than $283, the price of AMD Phenom 9600 chip in business quantities.

Separately, AMD reconsidered the release timeframe of its AMD Phenom FX processors as well as AMD Phenom 8000-series triple-core chips. If earlier it was claimed that the novelties will emerge in Q1 2008, then now AMD slides imply that the new CPUs will be available only in the first half of 2008, which typically would mean that the new chips are only projected to emerge sometime in Q2, a massive delay from initially announced Q4 2007 timeframe for the new high-end enthusiast platform called FASN8.

Nvidia Withdraws Triple-SLI Promise for Latest Performance-Mainstream Product

Nvidia Corp.’s public relations department has denied that the latest performance mainstream GeForce 8800 GT supports triple-SLI multi-GPU technology, which was announced by the head of the graphics company recently.

Nvidia Corp.’s chief executive officer Jen-Hsun Huang said during the company’s most-recent conference call with financial analysts that Nvidia’s latest performance-mainstream offering – GeForce 8800 GT – will support triple-SLI technology, which means that consumers would be able to install three of such boards into a single personal computer to get three times more rendering horsepower.

"From [two GeForce] 8800 GT [graphics cards], you could obviously do SLI and soon you’ll be able to do three-way SLI, so you are going to be able to put a lot of GPU horsepower into your system, starting with a very affordable 8800 GT, and so – this is our focus for now," Jen-Hsun Huang, the chief executive of Nvidia.

Unfortunately, the chief exec had made a mistake and triple-SLI will remain prerogative of Nvidia’s high-end offerings GeForce 8800 GTX and Ultra, which retail for $599 and $849, respectively.

“Simple typo/slip on his part… The plans haven’t changed,” said Derek Perez, public relations director at Nvidia, reports The Inquirer web-site. It is unclear whether “the plans” have been announced, or they exist only within Nvidia and its add-in-card partners.

Nvidia’s GeForce 8800 GT graphics cards have only one so-called MIO interface connector per card, meaning that only two of such boards can be connected into a pair. Nvidia’s GeForce 8800 GTX and Ultra models feature two MIO interface connectors per board, allowing to connect two, three, four or even more graphics cards between each other. It should be noted that Nvidia allows inexpensive graphics cards to work in pairs without MIO interconnection and use PCI Express bus for communication between graphics chips. Nevertheless, the company decided not to enable this capability for its GeForce 8800 GT, which retails for $199 - $259, depending on the model.

Based on benchmark results, Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT with 112 unified shader processors may be as fast as the much more expensive GeForce 8800 GTX, thus, even two of such boards are likely to leave both 8800 GTX and 8800 Ultra far behind in games that can take advantage of multiple graphics processing units (GPU), whereas triple-SLI configuration based on the model 8800 GT is likely to offer performance higher than that of two 8800 GTX/Ultra boards. Given that enthusiasts are willing to pay massive amounts of money even for relatively small performance boost, leaving triple-SLI only for graphics cards that cost over $500 is a logical step from economic point of view.

ATI, graphics product group of Advanced Micro Devices, promised to support triple- and quad-GPU configurations with its CrossFire X technology early next year for ATI Radeon HD 3850/3870 graphics cards that retail for $179 - $239, which may inspire enthusiasm among gamers. It should be noted that ATI currently has nothing to offer for $500 and above, thus, extensive multi-GPU support on performance-mainstream products is completely justified.

Activision Chief Exec Calls for $199 Video Game Consoles

Chief executive of Activision, a large game publishing company, said at a media summit on Tuesday that Microsoft Corp. and Sony need to aggressively reduce pricing of their latest game consoles to $199 if they want to find the gaming machines truly popular on the market.

Both Microsoft Corp. and Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. have invested quite a lot into the advanced hardware inside Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, but Nintendo Wii, who has the least advanced technology under the hood sometimes manages to outsell Microsoft Xbox 360 and Sony PlayStation 3 combined easily, which distracts games developers from the platforms and cause people to bye Wii due to higher popularity overall and due to higher amount of games available.

“The Wii at its price point is now setting a standard and an expectation, and people say, ‘Well, the Wii is less complex technically’. I don’t think that really matters as much to the consumer. In the next 24 months they all will need to be at that $199 price point, and you can imagine Nintendo will be down to the $129 price point over the next few years,” said Bobby Kotick, chief exec of Activision, at the Reuters Media Summit in New York, the news-agency reports.

Currently Microsoft Xbox 360 is available for $279, $349 or $449 depending on the version; Nintendo sells its Wii, which is the most successful new-generation game console, in the U.S. for $249; whereas different models of Sony’s PlayStation 3 cost end-users $399 or $499.

Game publishers are interested in affordable game consoles, as more people buy such hardware and then start to get new video games as well. On the other hand, technically-advanced and rather expensive game machines, such as PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are acquired by so-called hardcore gamers, who buy massive amounts of software too.

So far both Microsoft and Sony have been relatively reluctant to slash pricing of Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 since both lost plenty of money on the latest consoles. It is believed that while Microsoft is not losing money on each Xbox 360 sold, Sony is more than likely to subsidize manufacturing of every unit by a substantial sum.

In case of the prior generation game consoles Microsoft had to slash the price of its Xbox from $299 to $199 half a year after the launch due to slow sales in mid-2002, whereas Sony only reduced the cost of PlayStation 2 from $299 to $199 about 1.5 years after the introduction in the U.S. Nintendo GameCube was released with $199 price-tag in November, 2001, and faced $50 price-cut in May, 2002.

ATI Readies New High-Performance Mobile Graphics Processor – Rumours

Advanced Micro Devices plans to return ATI Mobility Radeon back into high-performance notebooks with the new graphics product called ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3800, which is based on the company’s new graphics architecture.

ATI Technologies used to be the absolute leader in mobile graphics market just several years ago thanks to low power consumption of graphics chips, stability of drivers and proper support. But when the company released its ATI Radeon X1800 and then, already as graphics product group of AMD, ATI Radeon HD 2900, the company was unable to deliver a truly high-performance mobile graphics processing unit (GPU) due to exceptionally high power consumption. However, this situation may change, once AMD releases ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3800.

According several reports around the Internet, ATI, graphics product group of Advanced Micro Devices, readies ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3800 GPU to finally return to the market of notebooks for gamers, who demand high-performance graphics. Some web-sites even claimed that the novelty will be available in Toshiba Dynabook Satellite TXW/69W for Japanese market, however, the manufacturer itself offers ATI Radeon HD3800-series graphics adapters with its novelty, according to its web-site. Since mid-range mobile GPU and high-end mobile chip are most likely to use different form-factor, it is hardly possible for Toshiba to allow end-users to select the graphics component.

Actual specifications of ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3800 remain unknown, however, they are more than likely to resemble those of the desktop model HD 3800. The ATI Radeon HD 3800-series graphics processors sport 320 unified shader processors (SPs), 16 texture units (TUs), 16 render back ends (RBEs), Avivo HD post-processing engine along with universal video decoder (UVD) for high-definition video and is equipped with 256-bit memory controller. The novelty is made using 55nm process technology, which means reduced power consumption for both desktop and mobile computers, and features DirectX 10.1 capabilities, something that rivals lack, but also a feature that gamers will hardly need for a considerable amount of time from now.

Currently the highest-performing graphics component for mobile computers from AMD is ATI Mobility Radeon X1900, which is based on the architecture announced back in 2005. As a result, AMD’s graphics product group badly needs to renew its lineup of high-end mobile GPUs as the market of such components brings relatively high profit margin, which the whole company truly needs these days.

It is not completely clear when AMD plans to unveil the new Mobility Radeon product, but given that the novelty features PCI Express 2.0 along with advanced power saving capabilities, the chipmaker may delay it till its next-generation notebook platform is available. Nevertheless, as rumours about the new part are starting to loom already, the Santa Clara, California-based company may speed up its release in order to better compete against recently released high-performance Nvidia GeForce 8800M-series GPUs from its arch-rival.

Officials from Advanced Micro Devices did not comment on the news-story.

Promo Groups Oppose Achievements of Blu-Ray and HD DVD Formats

Both Blu-ray disc (BD) and HD DVD promotion groups on Tuesday released statements claiming achievements of their formats. The Blu-ray disc Association said that one million of movies on BD have so far been sold in Europe, whereas the HD DVD Promotional Group in North America boasted that 750 thousand of HD DVD players have been sold through in the region.

One Million BD Movies Sold in Europe, 0.6 per BD Player

Blu-ray disc Association (BDA) is reported to have said that one million Blu-ray movies have been sold so far in European countries where such movies are available. The information is based on data from Media Control GFK International market research firm and should reflect actual amount of movies sold to end-users. It is interesting to note that with game BDs combined, Sony and other members of the Blu-ray camp have sold 21 million discs in Europe.

According to the market tracker, Blu-ray disc commands 73% of high-definition video market in Europe, reports Reuters news-agency.

Earlier this month HD DVD Promotional Group said citing Media Control GFK International that in Europe customers have bought 3.8 movies with each HD DVD player sold whereas every owner of a Blu-ray disc player (including both standalone players as well as PlayStation 3, which also features BD capability) has acquired only 0.6 movies. Such a low attach rate is not a surprise: the vast majority of installed Blu-ray players are Sony PlayStation 3 game consoles, which are acquired mostly for gaming. Therefore, the fact that BD video games outsell BD movies by a factor of 20 is hardly unexpected.
HD DVD Camp Celebrates 750 Thousand Players Sold in the USA

The North American HD DVD Promotional Group announced on Tuesday that sales of dedicated HD DVD players exceeded the 750 thousand mark. The data is based on retailer reports and other point of sale data, thus, should represent the actual number of HD DVD hardware units that was acquired by end-users.

The promo group decided to include both standalone set-top players as well as the Xbox 360 HD DVD add-in drive in the number of “dedicated HD DVD players” sold so far. Even though sales of HD DVD add-on for Microsoft’s latest game consoles have been weak, according to reports, they still somewhat distorted the number of sold-through dedicated HD DVD players that were acquired by video enthusiasts. HD DVD player movie attach rate in the U.S. is unknown.

“HD DVD continues to gain momentum and market share with consumers. With more than four weeks left for holiday shopping, HD DVD is turning out to be a perfect consumer electronics gift,” said Ken Graffeo, executive vice president of HD strategic marketing for Universal Studios Home Entertainment, and co-president of the HD DVD Promotional Group.

Blu-ray disc Association has not released the amount of standalone BD players sold so far. According to NPD Group, nearly two million PlayStation 3 game consoles have been sold in the USA, considerably more than 750 thousand of HD DVD devices. Moreover, according to some data, Blu-ray movies outsell HD DVD by two times. Still, since PS3 is likely to be acquired primarily for gaming, eventually HD DVD movies may find themselves more popular compared to Blu-ray.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

More Analyst Expect TSMC to Make AMD’s Processors

As Advanced Micro Devices strongly denies outsourcing of its central processing units’ (CPUs’) manufacturing to Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), more analysts predict the forthcoming deal between the world’s second largest maker of x86 microprocessors and the world’s top contract semiconductor maker.

Two investment banking firms, Caris & Co. and Lehman Brothers, are quoted as saying by Barron’s magazine’s Technology Trader section that AMD is considering to outsource some of its production to TSMC and is also looking forward to outsource more of its chips to Chartered and, perhaps, even to IBM. While the rumours are hardly new, they come from totally different sources amid the facts that AMD announced its “asset lite” strategy earlier this year and also postponed its financial annual analyst day from November to December, which may indicate that the company is working on a move that may not be expected.

Caris & Co.’s Daniel Berenbaum is reported to have said that a partnership between the two companies is “more advanced than expected,” and that TSMC will start pilot production for several non-mainstream AMD products in the first half of 2008, much sooner than the analyst firm expected. According to Caris & Co, the products involved include CPUs as well as Fusion/Falcon chips that integrate both graphics and x86 cores, both targeted at the low end of the PC market.

It should be noted that Mr. Berenbaum does not expect AMD to sell of its foundry to TSMC and that the potential deal “falls well short of the radical ‘fab light’ strategy that some were hoping for”.

Tim Luke from Lehman Brothers reported, according to the magazine, that AMD and TSMC may be planning an arrangement under which the latter would produce low-cost microprocessors for the former. Besides, it is said, AMD may be considering outsourcing to Chartered or IBM.

“We believe that the initiation of this long awaited manufacturing partnership may begin with a limited volume with some technical issues remaining, but that it is likely to be viewed as constructive for AMD,” the report from Lehman Brothers reads.

Contract semiconductor manufactures like TSMC and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) develop so-called bulk process technologies that are tailored for usage model of a chip, but are not tailored for its micro-architecture. But supplying state-of-the-art x86 chips requires developers of those chips and appropriate process technologies to work very closely together and tailor both for each other. Still considering that manufacturing technologies by contract makers are continuously improving, while AMD’s Fusion chips are not intended for high-performance applications, TSMC may truly have chances to land orders from AMD.

AMD did not comment on the news-story.

NEC and Toshiba Plan to Jointly Develop 32nm Process Technology

NEC Electronics and Toshiba Corp. on Monday said they would proceed to with 32nm fabrication process development without Sony Corp.’s participation. While the decision demonstrates commitment of both companies to semiconductor manufacturing, the destiny of 32nm technology alliance between Toshiba and IBM remains unclear.

Toshiba and NEC Electronics have been working together on 45nm process technology development since February 2006 at Toshiba's Advanced Microelectronics Center in Yokohama. Under the new agreement, the two companies will extend the scope of their collaboration at the site to the 32nm generation, with the aim of accelerating development and sharing development costs.

At the 32nm generation, extremely advanced technologies and significant development resources are required to secure improvements in performance and power consumption. As a result, global semiconductor companies are responding by establishing alliances to achieve more resource-efficient development of process technologies. Toshiba and NEC Electronics have decided to combine their efforts in process technology development for production of devices based on 32nm technology.

Nearly two years ago, in early 2006, IBM, Sony and Toshiba agreed to develop 32nm process technology. However, this year Sony decided to withdraw from further development of fabrication processes as well as manufacturing of advanced chips, such as Cell processor that is utilized in Sony PlayStation 3 game machine. Given that Toshiba hardly requires two different 32nm process technologies, it is likely that the agreement with IBM has been scrapped, which also implies that neither Sony, nor Toshiba, nor IBM are interested in further co-development of Cell processor.

The development of derivative and differentiated process technologies will be discussed separately by the two companies. Additionally, Toshiba and NEC Electronics continue to discuss joint manufacturing, and expect to reach a decision concerning this in 2008.

Intel Quietly Acquires Graphics Software Firm

Intel Corp. has quietly acquired graphics software company called Neoptica. The decision once again outlines importance that graphics technologies represent for the world’s largest maker of x86 central processing units (CPUs). Unfortunately, it is unclear what will the company’s do as a part of Intel.

“Neoptica has been acquired by Intel, where we are working on a number of exciting efforts in interactive computer graphics,” a short statement from Neoptica’s web-site reads.

Previously, Neoptica developed software tools for development of advanced “interactive graphics”. Based in San Francisco, California, the company was founded by ex-Nvidia and ex-Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. employees who used to work on software development positions. Besides, some of Neoptica’s employees were involved into GPGPU (general purpose computing on graphics processing units) projects.

Presently Intel commands the largest share on the market of graphics adapters with its chipsets with built-in graphics cores. However, it is rumoured that Intel is working on high-performance discrete graphics processing units (GPUs), which is why the company is hiring additional personnel experienced in development of graphics hardware and software.

Intel has not yet released any statements regarding the Neoptica take over.

OLPC Extends Give One, Get One Program for XO Laptop

One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) non profit organization has extended its offering to residents of Canada and the USA to buy one XO laptop to a child in a developing country and get one such laptop to himself/herself. Additionally, for those who participate in the program T-Mobile will offer one year free Wi-Fi hotspots access.

From now through December 31, 2007, OLPC is offering a Give One Get One (G1G1) program in the United States and Canada. For a donation of $399, one XO laptop will be sent to empower a child in a developing nation and one will be sent to the buyer. $200 of the donation is tax-deductible. For all U.S. donors who participate in the Give One Get One program, T-Mobile is also offering one year of complimentary HotSpot access.

Earlier this year it was projected that OLPC’s G1G1 promotion will only run till November 30, 2007. However, due to the fact that production of XO notebooks started later than expected and not all potentially interested customers donated, it was decided to extend the campaign.

Current OLPC XO laptop features AMD Geode LX-700 processor with 433MHz clock-speed and built-in graphics controller, 256MB of PC-2100 (DDR 266MHz) memory, 1GB NAND flash that substitutes hard disk drive, 7.5” screen with 1200x900 resolution, wireless and wired network adapters as well as integrated webcam, microphone, speakers and so on.

The non profit organization also reminds potential donors that quantities of OLPC XO are limited. As a result, not everyone may get the XO in time for holidays.

“Please be aware that we will make every effort to deliver the XO laptops by the holidays, but quantities are limited. Early purchasers have the best chance of receiving their XO laptops in time for the holidays, but we cannot guarantee timing,” a statement from OLPC reads.