Intel Unveils Second Generation Classmate PC; Available to U.S. Consumers

2genclassmate_group.JPGWe reported a few weeks ago that Intel was gearing up to release its second version of the education-focused Classmate PC. Today at Intel Developer Forum in Shanghai, the company has made it official. The company unveiled a new design for the Intel-powered Classmate PC. We had an exclusive hands-on with the machine; read it here. The second-generation Intel-powered Classmate PC is similar to the first iteration; however, it’s been updated with a sleeker look and a few additions. The main differences are that the Classmate now includes a 9-inch LCD display, a six-cell battery, 512MB of memory, a 30GB HDD, and an integrated webcam. The second-generation Classmate PCs are built on the Intel Celeron M processor with 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and mesh-network capabilities; future Classmate PCs will be built with Atom processors. Of course, the Classmate PC still supports Microsoft Windows XP, but variants of a Linux-based operating system will also be available.2genclassmate_closed.JPG The biggest news is that the system will be available directly to consumers. Intel will offer different choices to manufacturers so each can tailor laptop models for a variety of education needs. As we predicted, one of the first to bring the laptop to market is computer manufacturer CTL, which today unveiled its 2Go PC, a tailored Classmate PC 2. The 2Go PC is available starting tonight through Amazon.com for $400. According to Intel, more than 80 software and hardware vendors, content providers, educational services providers, and local OEMs have been working with Intel to develop a complete infrastructure that supports the Intel-powered Classmate PC.

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