updated 11:05 pm EDT, Tue September 14, 2010
Clamshells offer anti-microbial protection
Intel has announced that its Clamshell Classmate netbooks have been revamped with a variety of new features. The devices have been further ruggedized, protecting against drops from desk heights, stacking, and rough handling in backpacks. The design incorporates crush zones and air cushions around fragile areas such as corners and the display.
The netbooks also feature water-resistant keyboards, screens and touchpads to help protect against accidental spills. Up to 100cc of liquid can be spilled directly on the computer, as a water channel directs the liquid down through draining holes on the bottom.
The company has worked to improve the antimicrobial coating on the high-touch surfaces, including the keyboard and touchpad. The coating helps protect against transferring bacteria, mold and other microorganisms.
Aside from the updated housings, the Clamshells integrated a new six-cell lithium-ion battery that increases battery life. The new battery, combined with a power-efficient motherboard design and 45nm Atom CPU, is claimed to allow students to work all day on a single charge.
The new Clamshells will soon be available for schools and other institutions, although the company has yet to release pricing information.