VIA pc-1 Initiative
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The VIA pc-1 Initiative is a project of VIA Technologies, established in January 2005, to help bridge the digital divide by developing information and communication technology (ICT) systems to benefit those who currently do not have computers or Internet access.
The project sought to increase individual PC and Internet access for those who could afford it, and community access for those who couldn't, via community access deployments in schools, offices, libraries, Internet cafes, village kiosks, and telecenters. The project also sought to enable PC and Internet access in remote regions.  In January 2006 a development center was opened in Mumbai.
VIA provides reference designs, but vendors use different brand names. Examples include iDot pc-1 systems in Taiwan, Longmeng pc-1 systems in China, Geniac pc-1 systems in Nigeria, Sico pc-1 systems in Egypt, and Alaska pc-1 systems in Mexico.
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As a part of the pc-1 Initiative, VIA became involved in digital inclusion projects. These include working alongside the Geekcorps in Mali to design a computer for hot dusty conditions, as well as donating low-powered computers for use in Mali desert radio stations.
VIA worked with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Digital Opportunity Center (ADOC) to bridge the digital divide in emerging markets within Pacific Rim countries. One project includes donating 20 systems for use in the VIA pc-1 ICT Center at the Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry (TUAF) in the Northern Mountainous Area (NMA) of Vietnam. VIA worked with ADOC and the Institute for Information Industry (Taiwan) on an affordable computing advocacy project.
VIA works with the Samoan Ministry of ICT to establish Samoa's first solar powered information center, arranging for solar cells and computers to be provided.
- One Laptop per Child, also called "$100 Laptop Project" or "XO-1"
- Classmate PC, from Intel World Ahead program
- 50x15 (AMD), similar initiative by Advanced Micro Devices
- Personal Internet Communicator
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- "VIA pc-1 System Platform Architecture: Making Intrepid Computing a Reality" (PDF). White paper. VIA Technologies. March 29, 2006. Retrieved October 16, 2011.
- Kristopher Kubicki (June 16, 2006). "VIA's pc-1: Move Over AMD 50x15: Insiders reveal new CPUs, new platforms, new VIA". Daily Tech. Retrieved October 16, 2011.
- Marco Chiappetta (August 21, 2007). "VIA Introduces New pc3500 Mainboard". Hot Hardware. Retrieved October 16, 2011.