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Intel Classmate PC orders cancelled as recession bites

Intel Classmate PC orders cancelled as recession bites

Intel's Classmate PC was heralded as the way that children in emerging markets would avoid getting left behind in the silicon revolution; now it seems that lifeline may have been cut.  DigiTimes is claiming that various governments and OEM partners have cancelled their orders for the low-powered netbook, having been forced to reprioritize their budgets in the wake of the ongoing economic downturn.

Patchy and delayed networking infrastructure has also been blamed for the cancellations, which have not been made publically but leaked out via Taiwanese component manufacturers.

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New Intel Classmate PC

New Intel Classmate PC

In competition with the OLPC project, Intel is finally going to start selling their notebook for prices ranging from $300 to $500. Some of the newer models will have fewer features and thus require less power, but they are also pushing out models with both a 7 and a 9 inch screen, a 30GB HDD and a webcam.

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Intel Convertible Classmate PC to get official unveil at CES 2009

Intel Convertible Classmate PC to get official unveil at CES 2009

Intel's Convertible Classmate PC, aka the CTL 2go PC, has made another public appearance before its official CES 2009 unveiling, and both the hardware and software have been tweaked since last time we saw it.  Gone is the bile-green lid, replaced with a blue-white pattern, and build-quality is much improved; more impressive is the ways that Intel have made Windows XP pen-friendly, with their new Vision Objects Pen Input app.

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Intel StoryBook tablet tipped for sub-$299 Medfield

Intel StoryBook tablet tipped for sub-$299 Medfield

Intel is pushing a so-called StoryBook tablet PC reference design for developing markets, insiders at manufacturers claim, pairing Intel's own Medfield processors with dual-OS and a 10-inch touchscreen. The new slate is primarily aimed at markets like China and Brazil, the arch rumor-mongers at DigiTimes claim, but Intel is reportedly also considering a general commercial push with a target sticker-price of sub-$299.

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