“Intel offered a sneak peek of the next-generation of its Classmate PC design at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco today. The new design features a tablet, touchscreen, and motion-sensing user interface, and is powered by – you guessed it – an Atom processor.”
- Touchscreen â€” pen and on-screen soft keyboard
- Tablet mode â€” simple user-interface shell; quick launcher for tablet mode
- Enhanced software â€” easier network connection and collaboration simple computer management, and localized, education-friendly content
There is a side-by-side comparison chart in the ClassmatePC’s website.
- A beefier processor (1.6 GHz Intel Atom)
- Bigger hard-disk (Up to 8 GB flash HDD)
- Increased battery life (Up to 6.5 hours)
- An optional built-in camera
The ClassmatePC offers either Windows XP or Linux as operating system. There is no specific information about which distribution of Linux is used for the ClassmatePC. Mandriva Linux was used in the first generation ClassmatePC.
Looks like OLPC’s competition is getting tougher.
the 945? really? that chipset takes 5 times more power to use than the proccessor itself. (atom->4watts, 945->22watts) the 3 or 4 series chipsets would have made more sense from a power consumption prospective.
Considering the earlier incarnation of this machine was part of Intel’s quite deliberate attempt to destroy the OLPC project, my own feeling is that the Classmate should by boycotted. If I needed a machine like this, I’d wait for one from someone else. The article, with the pics of schoolchildren from around the world, would like us to think that Intel cares. Intel doesn’t.
Edited 2008-08-21 18:58 UTC