Intel unveils updated low-power laptop
Second-generation Classmate PC targets U.S., European retail and education markets
Computerworld - Intel Corp. unveiled an updated version of its low-powered laptop that it hopes to push from its original market of schoolchildren in Third World countries to school and retail outlets in Europe and the U.S.
The second generation of the Classmate PC, which Intel showed off yesterday at its developer's forum in Shanghai, is described as a fully functional, rugged laptop with wireless Internet access. The shock-resistant machine has a waterproof keyboard, Intel added.
Agnes Kwan, a spokeswoman for Intel, said in an earlier interview that the company has been getting a lot of interest in the Classmate PC for use in the home market as well as the classroom. The company now plans to take advantage of the emerging home demand, she said.
The second generation of the Classmate PC, which was designed by Intel and will be sold by vendors like India's HCL and Indonesia's Zyrex PC, should cost under $500, according to Kwan.
The laptop still runs on a Celeron processor, but Kwan noted that in the future, releases will use Intel's Atom processors, a new family of low-power chips that Intel also unveiled this week in Shanghai. The 45-nanometer Atom chips, code-named Silverthorne, are based on a new microarchitecture and are designed for small devices and simple Internet-centric computers, like the Classmate PC.
The new high-end Classmate model includes a 9-in. LCD screen, a six-cell battery, 512MB of memory, a 30GB hard disk drive and an integrated webcam. The computer supports Microsoft's Windows XP and Linux.
Intel considers the Classmate PC to be part of the so-called "netbook" category of computers, which consists of inexpensive, portable machines with small screens.
Read more about Laptops in Computerworld's Laptops Topic Center.
- Agility & Scalability for Oracle EBS R12 and RAC on VMware vSphere 5 This white paper outlines extensive performance and scalability testing of Oracle EBS applications on a Vblock™ Systems with vSphere 5.
- Oracle and VCE: The Next Step in Integrated Computing Platforms In this ESG Lab review you will learn how a VCE system driven by Oracle, delivers the perfect blend of high performance and...
- Migrate Oracle Apps from RISC/UNIX to Virtualized x86 Ready to move Oracle to a virtualized environment? This brief explains how true converged infrastructure can help you migrate from a RISC/UNIX environment...
- Step Out of the Bull's-Eye Learn about the evolution of targeted attacks, the latest in security intelligence, and strategic steps to keep your business safe.
- Keep Servers Up and Running and Attackers in the Dark An SSL/TLS handshake requires at least 10 times more processing power on a server than on the client. SSL renegotiation attacks can readily...
- On Demand: Mastering the Art of Mobile Content Management Mobile device usage in the enterprise has skyrocketed, and it continues to escalate. IT must answer to users who demand access to their... All Laptops White Papers | Webcasts
Our new weekly Consumerization of IT newsletter covers a wide range of trends including BYOD, smartphones, tablets, MDM, cloud, social and what it all means for IT. Subscribe now and stay up to date!