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» Eduwise: A Sub-$400 Notebook PC by Intel
the on going fall Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, Intel CEO
Paul Otellini introduced a sub-$400 “Classmate PC” code named Eduwise for
the emerging markets.
The notebooks are ear marked for volume production from the first quarter of 2007.
The Eduwise features Intel Celeron M CPU paired with 915 GMS chipsets and a 7-inch WVXGA (800 X 480 LCD display. The model has 1 GB flash memory instead of HDD because Intel felt that in the hands of children’s the HDDs will not be able to survive the impacts and rough handlings. A 6-cell standard Lithium Ion battery is the power source.
The system will adopt the Windows XP embedded OS. As a threat deterrent, the notebook will come with asset-control software, so if it is out of the classroom for too many days, the notebook disables itself.
The Classmate will also sport a special version of Windows so as to prevent kids from accessing Internet sites programs that have not been designated by parents or teachers as off-limits.
The first batch of the notebooks will be distributed in Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria and India.
The machine ranges in price from US$220 to US$300 most of the price variation will depend on the taxes in the individual country.
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