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One Laptop Per Child project gets new power supply.

Jan 29, 2006
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My house.
Processor AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Brisbane @ 2.8GHz (224x12.5, 1.425V)
Motherboard Gigabyte sumthin-or-another, it's got an nForce 430
Cooling Dual 120mm case fans front/rear, Arctic Cooling Freezer 64 Pro, Zalman VF-900 on GPU
Memory 2GB G.Skill DDR2 800
Video Card(s) Sapphire X850XT @ 580/600
Storage WD 160 GB SATA hard drive.
Display(s) Hanns G 19" widescreen, 5ms response time, 1440x900
Case Thermaltake Soprano (black with side window).
Audio Device(s) Soundblaster Live! 24 bit (paired with X-530 speakers).
Power Supply ThermalTake 430W TR2
Software XP Home SP2, can't wait for Vista SP1.
A key goal for the OLPC project is the ability of the laptop to have electricity even in places where electricity isn't exactly convenient. However, to make enough power for the laptop to run for 10 minutes, a 1 minute supply of 20 Watt power is required. The previous hand crank tired out the user, was VERY noisy, and supplied a maximum of 5 Watts. The new generator, produced by Squid Labs, runs like a lawnmower engine starter. Pulling the generator string spins the generator, producing electricity. While simple enough, a string-based generator allows the user to use more muscle groups then the ones in their hands. It also is very quiet, and can produce more power with alot less effort. 20 Watts of power is very easy to do with the new generator, and by using foot power, 10 Watts of sustained power is definitely possible. Another key advantage of the string powered generator is the durability. If the string breaks, then it can be replaced with a shoelace. The generators are planned to be field tested in October, and the OLPC is scheduled to be launched in 2007 with a 500MHz processor, a 7.5" screen, 500MB of flash memory, and wireless broadband for creating instant wireless networks with nearby OLPC laptops.

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