Intel has created an ultra-low-cost laptop for schoolchildren in emerging markets. The ClassMatePC is available with Linux or Windows XP, comes with an “educational feature set,” and is part of a program in which Intel plans to invest $1 billion over the next five years.
Intel describes the ClassMatePC as a rugged device with features similar to mainstream PCs. Its based on a mobile Celeron processor and is equipped with local (flash-based) storage and a built-in wireless network interface.
Additionally, the unit sports a water-resistant keyboard and comes with a theft-control feature based on a network-issued digital certificate.
Intel says the ClassMatePC evolved from its “World Ahead Program,” which also includes efforts in 30 countries to train 10 million teachers.