July 14, 2007 3:00 am

Intel resolves OLPC differences

Two rivals competing to bring laptops to children in the developing world have patched up their differences and agreed to work together.

Intel, the world's biggest chipmaker, said yesterday that the new partnership with One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) would "bring the benefits of technology to the developing world through synergy of their respective programmes".

Under the agreement, Intel and OLPC will explore collaborations involving technology and educational content. Intel will also join the board of OLPC.

OLPC is the idea of Nicholas Negroponte, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In May, he said Intel should be "ashamed of itself", accusing it of selling its Classmate PC below cost to drive OLPC out of the market.

"Intel joins the OLPC board as a world leader in technology, helping reach the world's children," he said. "Collaboration with Intel means that the maximum number of laptops will reach children."

Chris Nuttall, San Francisco

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