Intel introduced its new Classmate PC design featuring convertible a display system that allows the user to turn the mini notebook computer into a tablet PC.

The new convertible Classmate PC model running with the low-power consuming Intel Atom processing technology is destined to the learning sector, specifically to primary school students, and brings a touch-sensitive user interface, the 180-degree swivel display and a rotational camera, while included in the Intel Learning Series, a new initiative gathering hardware, software and different services meant to improve the education in the emerging markets.

The previous version of the Classmate PC with clamshell-style design is currently used in the Magellan Initiative in Portugal for elementary school children, but Intel arranged to bring out a new design of the Magellan PC with enhanced reading and writing capabilities, larger display, more system memory and powerful high-speed Internet connectivity technologies such as 3G and WiMAX.
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“Education is one of the best ways to improve the future for individuals, villages, or nations,” said Lila Ibrahim, general manager of the Intel Emerging Markets Platform Group, which developed the classmate PC reference design based on ethnographic research and supports the Intel Learning Series. “There are 1.3 billion school-age children around the world and of those only 5 percent have access to a PC or the Internet. The IT industry has a huge opportunity to contribute to how technology can improve students’ learning and students’ lives. With our announcement today, Intel continues its long-standing commitment to advancing education through technology to transform lives around the world.”

Children who will use the convertible Classmate PC mini notebook computer will benefit from lots of features including 1.6GHz processing speeds, Intel 945GSE chipset, up to 1GB of system memory, up to 16GB of Flash storage, Windows XP or Linux operating system, Ethernet connectivity, WLAN, Mesh support for Linux, a water-rezistant keyboard, up to 6 hours of continuous use, built-in 2-channel speaker, built-in microphone, two USB ports, SD slot, VGA port, the 1.3MP web camera, and the 8.9-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels.


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