Intel ships first Classmate PCs

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Intel ships first Classmate PCs

First volume shipments head for Mexico and Brazil.

Intel has started shipping its low cost Classmate PC for school students in developing nations.

The first volume shipments are heading for Mexico and Brazil.

The computers are equipped with an Intel Celeron-M processor and a 1GB or 2GB flash drive for a Linux and Windows version, respectively. Intel has previously said that the computer will cost around US$350.

The Intel laptop is seen as a competitor for the One Laptop per Child project. Headed up by Nicholas Negroponte, the project later this year aims to ship several million of its Children's PCs at a cost of about US$150 per unit.

Although the two projects both sell notebook computers, they have different underlying philosophies.

The OLPC sees itself as an education project centred around openness that allows children to gain knowledge autonomously. The computers are designed from the ground up.

Intel meanwhile aims to deliver a fully functional computer that mimics computers in the developed world.
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