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Solar powered netbooks tip up

Eco friendly and Eco-nomical
Thu May 14 2009, 16:08

SPANISH FIRM iUnika has shown off four new netbooks at a Free Knowledge Foundation sponsored LibreMeeting in Madrid, including a couple of super eco-friendly models sporting solar panels and made from bioplastic.

The little eco warriors costing between 130-160 Euros (about $180-$220), weigh in at just 700 grams, boast a 400MHz processor and run Linux.

Iunika has bestowed 64GB of flash memory on its little crotchtops, along with 128MB of RAM, WiFi and a 10/100 Ethernet card to pack under the bonnet of their eight inch, 800 X 480 resolution screens.


A couple of the netbooks carry solar panels on their bioplastic, biodegradable, starch and cellulose casings, although from the pictures these seem a little too small to produce more than about 4 Watts of power.

With the netbooks likely in the 3-4 Watt power range, this means the panels should just about keep the devices topped up when switched off.

Still, the effort is laudable and the netbooks will make their way to shelves sometime in late June. µ


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