Atom to Help Intel Classmates Leap Ahead
The chipmaker Intel has decided to empower its next-generation Classmate PCs with its new Atom processors, which are said to be low-cost and energy-efficient best suited for mobile computers.

Intel Classmate PCs are specially designed machines for children’s education particularly in developing countries. They are, as Intel says, rugged, water- and shock-resistant computers with long battery life.

The current-generation (or the second-generation) Classmate PCs use Intel Celeron M processor with wireless connectivity. They work on Microsoft Windows XP and Linux operating environments. As Intel targets education markets in different nations, software and content will be available in over eight languages, according to the company.

Reinforcing its commitment for Internet-based applications for students. Intel has named the new class of PCs as “Netbooks”.

Price for new Classmate PCs is expected to be around $300 per machine and should fall with increased volumes.

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About Rakesh Raman

Have extensive editorial, content management, and integrated communications experience and have worked as a senior tech journalist, analyst, and columnist with different newspapers, magazines, and Web/online properties in India.

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