Nicholas Negroponte’s bid to put a computer in the hands of every child in the developing world has foundered, and he blames Intel, said John Markoff in The New York Times. The former MIT researcher’s nonprofit One Laptop Per Child group had forged a “frail alliance” with the chipmaker, which agreed to make an $18 million contribution to the group and develop an Intel-based version of One Laptop’s XO machine. Intel undermined the alliance, Negroponte charges, by continuing to push its own low-cost computer, the Classmate, in poor countries while disparaging the XO. “It’s a little bit like McDonald’s competing with the World Food Program,” Negroponte said. The death knell for the relationship came in Peru, which has ordered 270,000 XO computers. An Intel saleswoman tried to persuade Peru’s education vice minister, Oscar Becerra Tresierra, to switch instead to Intel’s laptops. Tresierra passed word of the encounter to Negroponte. Days later, Intel and One Laptop dissolved their partnership. Negroponte says he’ll keep proselytizing for the XO, which will now be powered by microchips made by Advanced Micro Devices, Intel’s archrival.