Intel’s Classmate PC is moving swiftly, with hardware shipments for next year expected to exceed a whopping two million units. Quanta will be responsible for manufacturing the immense amount of hardware, with Intel favoring them over ECS for the next generation Classmate PCs. ECS will still be manufacturing the older models for some time.
The newer generation of Classmate PCs adds on considerably to the original design, incorporating mesh-based wireless networking (802.11n), a larger LCD on some models, more available RAM, a webcam, touch screen, higher capacity battery and tablet modes. The laptops are still being produced at low-cost, so hopefully Intel will still further the overall goal of getting these units into the hands of children in developing nations. It isn't mentioned if any of these newer generation units will be the ones shipped off to Venezuela, after Intel sold one million Classmate PCs to them last month.