Intel's Next-Gen Classmate PC Offers Higher Performance, Lower Costs

Intel Reinvents Classmate PCs, Makes Them Faster and More Affordable

by Anton Shilov
01/15/2012 | 07:08 PM

Intel Corp. has introduced its next generation Intel classmate PCs that offer an enhanced and more affordable student experience with increased performance, greater security and ruggedness, and up to 10 hours of battery life. The latest Intel classmate PCs that will be powered by the new Intel Atom 2000-series processors.

 

"To succeed in today's global economy, students need to develop 21st century skills like problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration. Technology solutions that are purpose-built for education play a key role in supporting the development of these skills, and we look forward to further enriching the education experience with our new platforms," said Kapil Wadhera, general manager of Intel's education market platforms group.

The new generation Classmate PC will be based on Intel dual-core Atom N2600 microprocessor and NM10 core-logic. The systems will be equipped with 1GB or 2GB of memory, 8GB/16GB/32GB solid-state drive or Serial ATA 2.5" hard disk drive, 10.1" water-resistant display with 1024*600 or 1366*768 resolution, up to 2MP camera, water-resistant keyboard, 100Mb/s Ethernet, Wi-Fi,  and so on. The systems will be able to use both Microsoft Windows and Linux operating system.

The next-gen Classmate PCs will be available in clamshell and convertible form factors. The laptops will support the new multi-touch and premium writing experiences, in conjunction with palm rejection technology, enable students to write directly on screen. The textured touch screen, special stylus and handwriting recognition software create a "write on paper" experience. The built-in camera, photo view, media player, and drawing applications allow students to create and consume multimedia learning content.

The comprehensive classroom-ready features and capabilities include LabCam and McAfee AntiVirus. LabCam, a touch-optimized application consisting of six easy-to-use scientific inquiry tools leveraging the camera in different ways, allows students to analyze the visual data present in their photos and videos. McAfee AntiVirus has been added for proactive protection to keep students' digital lives more secure. Enhancements include classroom management, theft deterrence and webcam companion with anti-shake features for media capture and management, noise filtering, digital archiving, and annotation. An enhanced access management feature has also been added to enable teachers to set appropriate student access in school and at home.

Notable OEMs for the new devices include ASI, Babilon Technologies, Compumax, Computek, CTL, Equus, JP SaCouto, Koodoo, Lanix, Lenovo, M&A, Mustek, NTT System, Paradigit Computers, Positivo, RM, Sigong, Stone and Viper.