Intel Corp. Chairman Craig Barrett has blasted the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) media lab's plans to provide cheap $100 laptop computers for developing countries. The 'textbook' type computers will be delivered next year.

"Mr. Negroponte has called it a $100 laptop I think a more realistic title should be 'the $100 gadget'," Barrett, chairman of the world's largest chip maker, was quoted as saying. "The problem is that gadgets have not been successful."

Nicholas Negroponte is in charge of the MIT media lab. He said that the new small, hand-cranked lime-green devices would be sold to governments for school kids at $100 each but that they will cost the general public $200. Barrett says it won't work.