Quanta will make 40,000 notebooks a month for the One Laptop project from Sept. 22, Michail Bletsas, a network design executive at the charity, said Monday in Taipei…After all the hard work on clock-stopping hot technology, hand-wringing about operating systems, and the nail-biting suspense around participating countries, might congratulations be in order for the entire OLPC Leadership for all their hard work and dedication to reach this great milestone for the One Laptop Per Child program and one-to-one computing in education?
Quanta will increase production to 400,000 units a month by the end of the year, Bletsas said on the sidelines of an industry conference. Each laptop costs US$175 to make, with expenses to fall to US$100 by the end of 2008, he said. Three million will be made in the first round of production, Bletsas said.
Or is this yet another Bletsas blunder, like when he told the BBC about XO retail sales in 2008 or made dubious battery- life claims to Linux Today? Bloomberg's Tim Cuplan gave himself an out with this line in the article:
Tim Li, Quanta's spokesman, couldn't be reached at his office and mobile phones for comment.Now we can only wait to see what Nicholas Negroponte, OLPC's great spokesman, might say.