Monday, April 07, 2008

Intel Netbook CTL 2Go PC Education Computer

2Go PCAccording to news reports, Intel have shown a new version of their proposed low cost laptop for school children. The unit which was thought of as the "Classmate 2" is now known as the Intel Netbook, with an example unit made by CTL of Tiwan known as the "2Go PC". The unit has a 9 inch screen in place of the previous 7 inch one, at the same 800 x 480 pixel resolution. CLT have set up a new web site for the 2Go PC.

The size of the case has not been increased, as with the ASUS Eee PC, it was designed for a 9 inch screen and like the Eee PC does not have a full size keyboard and is it too cramped for comfortable typing by adults. The case has an integrated carrying handle, like the OLPC. Unlike the bright green OLPC, the case is in a conservative gray color. The unit has a 900MHz Intel Celeron processor and a , 40GB hard disk, 512 Mb RAM, Windows XP.

Intel is not going to make or sell the unit, but provide the design to manufacturers, as a way to encourage them to use Intel chips. The Netbook is intended for a similar market to the OLPC: school children. However, more like the Eee PC, it is likely to be available retail to individuals, as well as offered in bulk to governments and educational systems.

The Intel Netbook is more conventional than the ASUS Eee PC and the revolutionary OLPC, using a hard disk and Windows operating system. It is likely that there will be a convergence of the features of such units, with versions of the Netbook adopting some of the features of the OLPC.

These small education computers for under $500 are creating a problem for makers of full size conventional laptops and high cost sub-notebook computers. Consumers who see that these cheap little computers are more than adequate for most tasks will ask why they should pay two or three times as much (or in the case of some premium sub-notebooks, six times as much).

As a new crop of low power, low desktop computers become available for under $500 (complete with LCD monitor), this place pressure on desktop makers to either lower price or provide features to justify high costs.





Intel® Celeron® M Processor Ultra Low Voltage
On board Voltage Regulation
Dothan 900MHz 0 L2 Cache
1.0GHz 512Mb L2 Cache
400MHz FSB
Intel 915GMS Chipset.

40GB 1.8" 4200RPM PATA HDD
2-in-1 SD/MMC memory card reader
Supports boot from card reader and USB
USB 2.0 Interface for external storage.

2 USB 2.0 Ports
1 x RJ-45 10/100 LAN
1/8" External Microphone-in jack
1/8" External headphone jack
2-in-1 SD/MMC memory card reader
Kensington Lock Ready.




SO DIMM 200-pin socket x 1
Supports DDR2 400/533, SO-DIMM DRAM module
512MB Standard. 1GB Available

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g with open mesh support
Mini-card form factor, single antenna

Size: 8.7" (W) x 7.3" (H) x 1.5" (D)
Weight: < 3 lbs
4-cell Li lon Battery
Battery life aprox 3hrs typical usage time




9'' LCD, 800 x 480
Color LCD TFT, LED Backlight
Digital LVDS Interface

Realtek ALC6555 - AC '97 2.1 Integrated Analog Audio
2 integrated 1 watt speakers

Integrated camera
30fps @ 640x480, 0.3M
Driver / AP support Windows XP / Linux


Microsoft® Windows® XP Available
Supports Linux

From: 2Go PC, Computer Technology Link, 2008

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