Qualcomm may launch $200 PC alternative in India

Qualcomm may launch $200 PC alternative in India

Pokhra: Mobile chip maker Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday said it hopes to launch its Rs10,000 (around $210) personal computer alternative ‘Kayak´ in India in the second half of next year.

The San-Diego-based wireless technology provider, is in talks with major Indian telecom service providers like and Bharti Airtel and Reliance Communications to bring the product into India.

“Early next year we will start the trial and we hope we should be able to commercialise it in the second half," Qualcomm Inc Senior vice-president Kanwalinder Singh told reporters on the sidelines of the launch of a wireless lab at local school here today.

“We are talking to telecom operators like Airtel, Tata Teleservices and Reliance to bring this alternative (Kayak) to India," he said.

Last year, the company had said it would launch a 3G- enabled Internet access platform Kayak in the emerging markets to provide both connectivity and computing.

“We believe we can build a device consisting of display, keyboard and mouse for less than Rs10,000. It will make Internet access simple, affordable and run for 9-10 hours. The device would also allow users to make calls," he said.

“We aim to bridge the digital divide in India. In urban India PC penetration is higher than in rural India. We want to provide access to new technology to rural people to change there lives,“ Singh said.

The competition in cheap PC market is hotting up as major chip maker Intel has introduced $400 Classmate PC.

The Indian government has also announced launching a cheap PC alternative for Rs500 to provide educational solutions in around 18,000 colleges of 400 universities in India.