Sometimes all-or-nothing bets, as the OLPC group apparently played in this context, don't work out...
“We’ve reached a philosophical impasse,” said Chuck Mulloy, the Intel spokesman. “Negroponte had asked us to exclusively support O.L.P.C.-based platforms.”
For emerging markets, Intel has been backing its own, more expensive Classmate PC, which sells for about $300. Mr. Mulloy said Intel was unwilling to walk away from support agreements that the company had made for that machine and other systems.
Intel also said it was able to develop a prototype of an XO computer with an Intel chip.