Intel announced a portable access point and content server for schools that runs Ubuntu on an Atom E3815, and serves up to 50 students using WiFi or GbE.
For years, Intel has offered low-cost computers for schools in emerging nations, primarily via its Linux-ready Classmate netbooks, and more recently, its Android-powered Intel Education Tablets. Now it’s getting into the content server side of the equation with its Ubuntu Linux-based Education Content Access Point. The batery-powered device can serve content to up to 50 students using any web browser device via WiFi, Ethernet, or optional cellular connections.
Intel Education Content Access Point
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The 190 x 190 x 30mm Education Content Access Point is designed to hang on a wall with a supplied wall-mount kit. The single-core, 1.46GHz Intel Atom E3815 SoC is backed up with 2GB of DDR3L RAM and 8GB of eMMC flash. An optional 500GB hard drive includes 400GB of preloaded educational content. Teachers and school systems can also load content via the sole USB 3.0 port.
Rear view of Access Point showing port detail
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The Education Content Access Point can run on AC power, but it also includes a five hour battery that can be instructed to kick in if there’s a power outage — a common occurrence in schools around the world. The device is also light enough to carry between classrooms.
Access Point port closeup
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A WiFi ac access point can provide access to local content, or if available, web content. A gigabit Ethernet port is also standard, while 3G or LTE radios are optional. It’s unclear if the cellular options require the USB port.
Specifications listed for the Intel Education Content Access Point include:
- Processor — Intel Atom E3815 (1x “Bay-Trail-I” core @ 1.46GHz); 512KB cache, 5W TDP, Intel HD Graphics (400MHz)
- 2GB DDR3L-1067
- 8GB eMMC
- Optional 500GB SATA HDD with 400GB educational content, 100GB user storage
- Wireless — WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac access point; optional 3G or LTE
- Networking — gigabit Ethernet port
- USB — USB 3.0 port
- Other features — Power and reset buttons; system and 3G LEDs; wall-mount kit
- Weight — 607 g
- Dimensions — 190 x 190 x 30mm
- 100-240V AC input
- 12V/2A DC output
- 50Hz to 60Hz, single-phase frequency
- 7.4v, 4050mAh Li-Ion battery for up to 5 hours of life
- Operating system — Ubuntu 12.04
No pricing or availability information was provided for the Intel Education Content Access Point. More information be found on the Education Content Access Point product page.