Personal Internet Communicator

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Personal Internet Communicator ( PIC ) is a fanless PC presented to the public by AMD at the end of October 2004, with which AMD wanted to equip around 50 percent of the world's population by 2015. The PC had a 366 MHz Geode processor with 1.1 watt power consumption, a 10 GB hard drive, VGA connection and 4 USB ports. The poor equipment is due to the fact that the device was designed for very low power consumption, as the target group is located in the poorest regions of the world. The system was integrated into a very compact and lightweight (3 pound) housing that was specially designed for durability.

Windows CE with the CE 2D Game Pack was used as the operating system . Internet Explorer 6.0 and Macromedia Flashplayer 6 made it suitable for the Internet , word processing and spreadsheets were provided by Softmaker . The system should be delivered with the actual computer, power supply unit, mouse and keyboard.

Production was discontinued on October 1, 2006.


In September 2006, a test group from the Computer and Peripheral Testing Laboratory in Thailand's Science Park near Bangkok University published it on the Thai Wiki page. of the 100-dollar laptop project Information about the functionality of the Linux distribution Edubuntu in connection with OLPC's own software. Edubuntu can work without any problems on a modified version with 256 MB RAM. However, it must be taken into account that the software on the $ 100 laptop is optimized for the exclusive use of flash memory , which consequently significantly reduces energy consumption and RAM requirements. A multimedia-capable laptop system is therefore also possible without the memory expansion mentioned above.


According to AMD, the PIC contains the following components.

  • Processor : AMD Geode GX processor with CS5535 companion device
  • Main memory : 128 MB DDR- SDRAM , upgradeable to 512 MB
  • Hard disk : internal 10 GB 3.5 "drive
  • Display - VGA 1600 × 1200 resolution , with 85 Hz
  • LAN interface - not integrated. The supplied USB Ethernet adapter is limited by USB 1.1
  • Four USB 1.1 ports (2 front, 2 rear)
  • Modem - internal 56 Kbps ITU v.92 fax / modem
  • Sound - AC'97 with stereo in / out jacks

The PIC is 140 × 216 × 64 mm, only slightly larger than the 3.5 "hard drive; it weighs about 3 pounds.

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