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Intel Offers New Classmate PCs

Intel now offers a new line of touch-screen classmate PCs with improved battery life and ruggedness that also includes several multimedia-friendly features.

The PCs will be powered by Intel's new Atom processors, and the increased battery life will enable students to work up to 10 hours on a single charge. The company has also added features like strengthened corners for shock and vibration absorption, a sturdier keyboard, and improved water resistance.

In conjunction with handwriting software and a special stylus, students can write directly on the screen, an experience the company compares to writing on paper. Additional multimedia features include built-in camera, photo view, media player, and drawing applications.

A touch-optimized application, LabCam, offers tools for helping students use the camera to analyze visual data. Teachers can also set appropriate student access in school and at home using new access management features.

"To succeed in today’s global economy, students need to develop 21st century skills like problem solving, critical thinking and collaboration," said Kapil Wadhera, general manager of Intel's Education Market Platforms Group in a statement. "Technology solutions that are purpose-built for education play a key role in supporting the development of these skills, and we look forward to further enriching the education experience with our new platforms."

According to the company, OEMs for the new devices include ASI, Babilon Technologies, Compumax, Computek, CTL, Equus, JP SaCouto, Koodoo, Lanix, Lenovo, M&A, Mustek, NTT System, Paradigit Computers, Positivo, RM, Sigong, Stone, and Viper.

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