Classmate and XO Laptop


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A comparison between the XO Laptop and the Intel Classmate

Hardware Overview OLPC XO Intel Powered Classmate PC 1.0
Price($) $188 ex works
Availability NowNow
Boot/Resume Time<0.16 s (resume)
Laptop is “always on” for mesh network; boot once a week or month; always resume for instant on.
~60 seconds boot time / ~15 seconds (resume)
Dimensions 245mm (9.65") × 230mm (9") × 30.5mm (1.2")

• Small form factors that easily fit in a student's backpack

240mm × 185mm × 40mm (excluding handles)

• Small form factors that easily fit in a student's backpack


Processor AMD Geode LX700 0.8W, lead-freeULV Dothan ZC 900MHz, lead free
Cache128 KB L2 cacheNo L2 cache
Chipset AMD CS5536 South Bridge, lead-free, 2D and 3D Graphics Capabilities915GMS, lead free, 2D and 3D Graphics Capabilities
Memory 256MB DDR1 333MHz256MB DDRII 400Mhz
Storage 1 GB NAND flash1GB NAND flash
Ports • Wide-range DC power (10–19V);

• 3 USB-2.0 ports;
• Audio I/O;
• SD card slot
• Analog- and DC-data input (unfiltered microphone jack);

• DC power (20 volt input)

• RJ45 Ethernet
• 2 USB 2.0
• Audio I/O
• SD/MMC Memory Slot



• 7.5"" diagonal dual-mode screen
• 3:4 aspect ratio
• compliant with industry display standards
• screen won 2007 Popular Science “Best of What's New Award”
• 6" × 4.5" viewing area
• B&W sunlight-readable mode; ~SXGA (1200×900 (200dpi) NATIVE)
• Color transmissive mode; ~WVGA (~800×600 (133dpi) NATIVE)
• LED backlight (replaceable by a child: ~$2 and 2 screws);
• No mercury in backlight;
• 0.2- 1W with backlight on
• 0.1W with backlight off (in sunlight-readable mode)
• scalar allows higher and lower resolution to be put on the screen via compression or panning.

• 7"" diagonal screen, compliant with industry display standards
• 6.1" × 3.4" viewing area
• Color LCD WVGA
• Resolutions: (800x480 (135 dpi)) (800x600 (pan or compress/downscale)) (640x480)
• Fluorescent backlight (not replaceable, mercury in backlight)

Network 802.11b/g wireless

802.11s mesh-networked
• 0.4W WiFi operating power;
• up to 2.3Km range (as measured in Australian outback);
• mesh operates autonomously, is compatible with 801.11s today, and will continue to be compatible with 802.11s as it is finalized

802.11b/g wireless

• ~10W WiFi operating power (no - .8W)
• 10/100 Ethernet

TouchpadCapacitive-finger touch-pad

6" resistive drawing tablet for stylus use

Capacitive finger touch-pad, 1000 points/in, 0.2 X 0.7 mm
• Pegasus NoteTaker (optional $23 add't), 100 DPI resoution, ~1s delay, battery required

Audio Integrated 2-channel audio; stereo speakers and microphone Integrated 2-channel audio stereo speakers and microphone
Built-in Camera Integrated still- and motion-capture camera (640×480) "none
Lock Mechanism Bitfrost firmware anti-theft system

• Handle-bar holes for end-user-provided locks

Anti-theft mechanism on trusted platform module (TPM)
• Kensington† lock port

Keyboard Localized keyboards, 80 keys Localized keyboards, 77 keys

• Existing, rapid high quality, video and audio editing with integrated video camera
• Microphone-input can be used for AC and DC input (to turn XO into a real functioning oscilloscope) (optional probe <$1 added cost)

Capable of rapid, quality video processing


OS All major versions of Linux

(Windows† XP (pending; additional cost $3)

Windows† XP Pro (add'l cost TBD)

• Windows Professional as standard offering
• Multiple versions of Linux

Security Bitfrost:

• protection against virus, malware
• theft prevention

Hardware-based theft prevention using Trusted Platform Module (TPM Infineon)
Graphical User Interface Sugar:

• sharing and collaboration core experience;
• ad-hoc or server based;
• visibility into what others are doing;
• learning and building things together;
• deeply integrated into mesh/hardware;
• language-independent icons;
• Fedora and all other major Linux GUIs (including Mandriva, Metasys, Pixart, Ubunta, RedHat, Tuquito and many others)
• WindowsTM GUI (pending)
• uses existing education applications currently available in schools (and many new ones!)
• uses existing developer tools to support new application development
• easy to use tools for editing, publishing and web browsing in addition to standard tools for these and other purposes

Windows†, Mandriva†, Metasys†

• Other Linux ((PixArt, Ubuntu, Tuquito, Redhat)
• uses existing educations applications currently available in schools
• uses existing developer tools to support new application developments
• uses standard tools for editing, publishing and web browsing

Software Application Feature Set Student-to-student and teacher-to-student and teacher-to-teacher collaboration:

• Collaborate in real time in web browser, document editing, and multimedia activities;
• Shared desktop: student-to-student and teacher-to-student;
• Journal to share and monitor activity and progress;
• ”Learning learning” and “hard fun” pedagogy;
• Share files, share applications, peer-to-peer;
• Group chat, 1:1 chat;
• Live broadcast/streaming multimedia;
• Parent/Teacher policy settings (via OLPC server);
• Multimedia tools and digital pen with integrated stylus touch-pad;
• Automated-backup tools;
• Anti-virus
• peer-to-peer, mesh, and ad hoc networking
• theft prevention
• Content and web caching;
• School management software (Moodle on OLPC server);
• Support for thousands of existing and future Windows (pending) and Linux applications and content

School Management Software that supports both Teacher-to-student and student-to-student collaborations: Streams Multimedia, Share Desktop - Teacher & Student, Monitor Activity & Progress, Student Testing, Share Files, Group Chat & Teaching, Class Model Management, Live Broadcast

• Allows for teachers to place students in collaborative groupings and individual/private text feedback from teacher to student
• Supports classroom management to ensure appropriate, safe and on task usage
• Parent/Teacher policy settings
• Multimedia tools and digital pen
• Anti-virus
• Web caching
• Peer to peer and ad hoc networking
• Theft Prevention
• Support for thousands of existing & future Windows†/Linux Applications & Content

Programming environments Full support of Linux and in addition to full support of Windows XP (pending)

• Pygame;
• Python;
• full integration of Etoys/Squeak

Full support of Windows† and Linux
Email gmail accounts for all

(and standard Linux email apps); Windows Outlook Express email client (POP3 and IMAP) (pending)

Outlook Express e-mail client (POP3 and IMAP accounts);


Text to speech tools Support for text to speech tools based on Linux and Windows Support for text-to-speech tools based on Windows or Linux
Content Supports worldwide and locally developed content

• Partnerships with Wikipedia, Internet Archive, UNICEF, UNDP, WHO, WFP, Library of Congress, etc.

Supports worldwide and locally developed content


Power Supply NiMH battery pack:

• 4–8 hrs;
• 2000 cycles;
• burns at 100C;
• replacement cost ~$10
• charge time 1.3 hours
LiFeP battery pack:
• 5–10 hrs;
• 2000 cycles;
• burns at 100C;
• replacement cost ~$10
• charge time = 1.5 hours
BOTH Batteries compatible with OLPC multi-battery charger

Li-ion battery pack:

• Removable and replaceable (requires screw driver, best if serviced to replace)
• Lasts 4-5 hours (6-cells version)
• Charges 100% in 3h
• 500 cycle, Replacement: ~$40 plus shipping and logistics every ~18 months
• Burns at 1000C & Li-Ion chemistry safety

Alternative power input Wide range AC/DC power input:

• car-battery charge;
• solar recharge (optional: $12 for 5W, $120 for 50W);
• hand-crank recharge (optional: ~$11 for 8W);
• pull-string recharge (optional: ~$10 for 8W);
• foot-pedal recharge (optional: ~$150 for 50W);
• multibattery-charging (optional: ~$150 for 20 batteries every 2 hours)

No alternative power input except for adapter
Typical Laptop Power Draw 0.5W mesh mode; (1W ebook Mode (idle)); 2–4W typical; 4–6W power user (max)

CPU and motherboard turn off (while screen and mesh remain on – for power savings)

~9-10.5W idle; ~15W average (Mobilemark 2005 Office Productivity); ~20W power user (max); CPU throttling for power saving
Power Adapter 17 W;

Supports unconditioned power:
• 2–3KV spike protection;
• 300V peak;
• Frequencies as low as 35 Hz, etc.

100~240 input and 20V (65W)


Form Factor Laptop mode:

• clamshell;
• E-book mode: transformer hinge wraparound portrait mode;
• Multimedia mode: games-machine mode;
• Television mode: keyboard behind screen;
• Mesh-router mode: closed

Laptop mode: clamshell
Industrial Design Designed for K-12 education in the developing world:

• Numerous international design awards:
• Permanent Collection of the Cooper Hewitt; Museum of Modern Art in New York.;2007 INDEX award (largest European design award), etc,
• 400 unique color combinations for easy recognition in a classroom||Designed for K–12 Education:
• Spill-resistance certified (ISO IP/42)
• Rugged and durable certified (IEC 68.2.32)


• No moving parts (including no fan);
• Rubber-sealed keyboard, touch-pad;
• Sealed in closed position;
• Humidity- and dust-resistant ports;
• ISO IP/42 compliant
• 150 cm drop test on hard steel (details in spec)
• 50C operating temperature (pending UL certification)

• Fan, but no other moving parts
• Water-resistant keyboard
• Spill-resitance certified (ISO IP/42)
• IEC 68.2.32 compliant (describes drops of 1m to 1.2m on hard concrete)
• 45C Operating temperature


Environmental Impact

• Energy Star 4.0 Category A qualified
• EPEAT Gold: the highest ranking possible for a laptop demonstrating its minimal environmental impact. (


Warranty Spare systems and parts ship ahead

• 1% extra systems included in standard laptop price;
• 2–5% laptops (~$1.75–7.00 additional cost);
• >5% on single part is considered catastrophic failure and will be addressed by Quanta
• 3 year warranty available.

System and parts ship ahead (mix of units and FRU ""field Replaceable Units""), percentage depends on distributor (typical 3%).
Service and Support Local support; Quanta and OLPC help;

• Easy to take apart;
• Spare screws;
• 24/7 help-desk;
• Camera and microphone for online support

Local OEM supports customer;

ODM and Intel support LOEM


System Manufactured by Quanta Computer, world's largest laptop manufacturer;

• Local manufacturing and assembly available at high volume (~1M unit/month scale)

ECS, local manufacturing and assembly available through SKDs

Classmate data were provided to OLPC by Intel.

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