The One Laptop per Child (OLPC) board of directors has announced that it has chosen a manufacturer to manufacture the $100 MIT Laptop.
OLPC has choosen Taiwan-based Quanta as the original design manufacturer of the laptop According to OLPC,
Quanta has agreed to devote significant engineering resources in Q1 and Q2 2006, with a target of bringing the product to market in Q4, according to OLPC, adding that the launch of 5-15 million units will be both in large-scale pilot projects in seven countries (China, India, Brazil, Argentina, Egypt, Nigeria, and Thailand), with one million units in each of these countries, and an additional modest allocation of machines to seed developer communities in a number of other selected countries. A commercial version of the machine will be explored in parallel, added the organization.
It looks like these devices are really happening and we should see these $100 laptops by the end of 2006.