Intel Corp. said on March 19 that its sub-$300 laptops initially designed for poor children in developing nations soon will be available to U.S. and European consumers in a move that could further push down computer prices, Reuters reports. PC makers in the United States and in Europe will sell a yet-to-be-unveiled, second-generation version of the Intel-designed Classmate PC for $250 to $350, said Lila Ibrahim, general manager of Intel’s emerging market platforms group, in an interview with Reuters. "This is a very big deal," said Laura Didio, an analyst with Yankee Group who follows the personal computer industry. While the machines are intended for children, analysts said the launch will add momentum to the low-cost computing movement–and will likely mean this year’s bargain-basement laptops will have more power than in previous years…

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