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Intel demos 'bug-free' PC

Concept computer made to withstand heat and dust can also run on a car battery for backup power.

SAN FRANCISCO--Intel announced plans Tuesday to supply emerging countries with a new PC made specifically to tolerate hot and dusty conditions.

The chipmaker demonstrated the concept "community computer" during a video presentation at the Intel Developer Forum on Tuesday.

community computer
Credit: Michael Kanellos
Intel's "community computer."

The PC is not due out until the beginning of 2006, but it will be marketed to emerging communities in rural and remote areas.

During the demonstration, Intel pointed out that the concept design would need a dust filter built next to the fan intake valve to prevent dust and insects from getting into the PC.

Intel did not say if or when the concept platform might be developed by local PC makers in India or elsewhere, but did say that the PC would need to handle extreme heat exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit (more than 38 degrees Celsius).

The computer displayed at the developer forum included a single-button switch to allow for instant data recovery.

The computer was also outfitted with a power function that would allow the PC to be hooked up to a standard automobile battery. Intel said the feature would be invaluable in some regions where blackouts were not only frequent but long-lived.

The Intel concept computer has similar features to the , which is sponsored by Intel rival Advanced Micro Devices.