"The "Simputer", a $200 hand-held Indian computer aimed
at taking the Internet to rural areas, will hit the market in
November, the firm spearheading the manufacture of the device
designed by a non-profit trust said.
The Simputer, short for Simple, Inexpensive and Multilingual, is
a brainchild of the Simputer Trust, one of whose key trustees is
the chief executive officer of Encore Software Ltd.
The trust sells the design and licence to make the "Simputer"
and Encore is expected to be the first to make and sell it.
"We are not projecting this as a general purpose PDA (personal
digital assistant) but we will use this as a platform to deliver
various IT initiatives," Mark Mathias, Encore's vice-president,
told Reuters on Monday."