The non-profit organization One Laptop Per Child plans to develop a plastic touch screen tablet costing $75 (£48) by 2012.

OLPC has joined forces with Marvell Technology Group to develop tablet PCs based on its Moby platform. Glass screen versions could be ready in 2011. Tablets with semi-flexible plastic screens should be available in 2012, running under Linux and designed to be both backlit and usable in daylight.

Moby uses a low-power Marvell Armada 610 application processor, has Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/FM/GPS connectivity, and supports multiple software standards including Adobe Flash, Android, Windows Mobile and Ubuntu.daylight.

IIJ view: OLPC’s X0-3 tablets will mainly be for use by children in developed countries initially but a cheap, basic Kindle-iPad-style combination product could also disrupt the consumer IT market.

OLPC founder Nicholas Negroponte outlines his plans for the X0-3 tablet in this video posted on Youtube by IDG. The toughest job will be making it all-plastic, he says.

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