Tuesday, January 26, 2010

IDola: Malaysian made PC

With the boom of netbooks around the world, Malaysians are steadily catching up to the digital age as netbooks are much more affordable than typical notebooks.

Most of the netbooks now are made by companies in the US and Taiwan(where it all started).

And it seems that now Malaysia has its own portable PC which is the iDola which is now in version 2. (I never heard of it before though)

New version of iDola portable PC unveiled

INFORMATION IN A SINGLE CLICK: Information, Communications, Culture and Arts Ministry officer Farawahida Kamarudin showing off the homegrown iDola portable PC. — Bernama

KUALA LUMPUR: The newest version of the homegrown iDola portable PC, developed by Mimos Bhd, brings information from the Internet directly to the user with just a single click, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili.

He said the intelligent Service Delivery Platform netbook spares users from having to use search engines as is normally required in conventional notebooks and netbook computers.

“The new innovation has given rise to the best local netbook and the ideal device for the roll out of the national broadband initiative,” he told a media briefing at the Information, Communications, Culture and Arts Ministry here.

Also present was Information, Communications, Culture and Arts Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim.

Ongkili said the iDola is equipped with the second version of the Mimos-developed Jemapoh software, which can also be deployed in desktops, notebooks and mobile phones.

“iDola has full-fledged PC features, 1GB RAM (upgradable to 2GB), 802.11 b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth connectivity, as well as IPv6 enhanced multicasting technology.

“Content is categorised based on icons, providing faster access to iDola’s multilingual content in three clicks,” Ongkili said.

He said the computer will help make broadband a utility and increase domestic broadband adoption.

“It will also enable the Government to deliver its e-services directly to the public. As such, it will enhance interaction between the Government and the people,” he said.

Ongkili said the product is still new and the ministry has yet to fix a specific price for it. But if the orders exceed 1,000 units, the price could be as low as RM900 a unit.

Second try

Rais said he will be asking Ongkili to brief the Cabinet on the advantages of the iDola v2 because the previous version did not meet the specifications required.

“This iDola v2 is more sosphistciated and attractive, and is something that can be considered by the Government,” he said, adding that he will update Prime Minister Seri Najib Tun Razak on the product before it is showcased at the Pekan Digital Exposition in Pahang this month.

Rais said he will also hold discussions with the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (SKMM) on how best to promote the product to the public.

“Mimos and SKMM can plan how best to market this model because we are confident it can open a new chapter on computer use among Malaysians,” he said.

He said the model will also help realise the Government’s goal of seeing schoolchidren and kampung committee members equipped with computers. — Bernama

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