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AMD Personal Internet Communicator (PIC)

AMD is announcing a new personal computer called a PIC that could make a huge difference for internet connectivity worldwide. According to AMD only 10% of the world is connected to the internet. This is due to price and lack of infrastructure. AMD is attempting to change that with their "50x15" plan. This plan is to have 50% of the world connected to the internet by 2015. In order to meet this goal, AMD is releasing the Personal Internet Communicator (a.k.a. PIC). The price for the personal internet computer is set at $249 with a monitor. This price is significantly lower than then it's closest competitor (which would probably be a Mac Mini)

According to Cnet, "Microsoft. . . is aiming to help create lower-price PCs by creating less-expensive versions of Windows XP. The company has produced so-called starter editions of XP for several markets." AMD's PIC will use its Geode x86 processor. In August 2003 AMD purchased the Geode business (originally the Cyrix MediaGX) from National Semiconductor to augment its existing line of embedded x86 processor products. During the 2nd Quarter of 2004, it planned to launch new low-power Geodes with speeds just over 1 GHz.

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Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (AMD) (NYSE:AMD) is a manufacturer of integrated circuits based in Sunnyvale, California. It is the second-largest supplier of x86 compatible processors, and a leading supplier of non-volatile flash memory. It was founded in 1969 by a group of defectors from Fairchild Semiconductor, including the flashy Jerry Sanders.AMD is best known for the Athlon and Duron lines of x86-compatible processors. Their more general components have been found in early Apple computers and numerous other electronic devices

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