Intel’s Classmate PC platform is a reference design that computer manufacturers around the world have used to create affordable, durable mini-laptops for use in schools. More than 5 million Classmates PC computers have been deployed over the past few years, and now Intel is getting ready to upgrade the platform.
At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, the company is showing off a new version of its netbook design for students, sporting a shiny new Intel Atom Cedar Trail processor. Engadget took some time to check out the new design and found that, like some earlier models, the new netbook features a touchscreen display that can be twisted and folded down over the keyboard for use in tablet mode. There’s also a stylus for writing and drawing.
Classmate PC devices can typically be built with or without the tablet components. Most of the Classmates in the wild are actually the cheaper netbook-only style models.
The new reference design should be available to manufacturers in the coming months.