Baramati (Maharashtra):Leading processor maker Intel will soon introduce ‘Classmate’, a portable computer for children priced between Rs9,000-Rs11,000, in India under its World Ahead programme, aimed at adding a billion new global computer users.
The company will soon begin talks with PC manufacturers and the government to support commercial production of Classmates in India.
Two pilot projects with the computer have been undertaken at the Capital’s Delhi Public School and Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS), Faridabad, a senior Intel official said.
“Classmate PCs are being piloted in 25 countries this year and are designed to be entry points in education,” Intel Corporation chief strategist Chris S Thomas said.
“The PCs do not have a disk drive and use a flash drive instead. But they have all necessary software and hardware to enable learning and Internet browsing,” Thomas said.
He said Intel hopes to bring these PCs into the lower end of the market so that they do not compete with the company’s laptops.
Classmates are manfactured at a cost of $300-$400 apiece. Intel is looking at bringing this figure down by around $100 and is exploring the possibility of manufacturing the computers locally.