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Microsoft pushing for 16-core Atom CPUs

Microsoft pushing for 16-core Atom CPUs

Microsoft is reportedly pestering Intel for a 16-core version of its Atom processor, which would provide a low-power alternative to mainstream chips for use in data servers. Dileep Bhandarkar, an engineer at Microsoft's Global Foundation Services, suggested that higher-power Intel chips more commonly positioned for servers, such as the Xeon, demand too much power and active cooling in return for their higher clock speeds, PC World reports, and that there is a "huge opportunity" for a different strategy to data center processing.

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Nokia “must build, catalyse or join a competitive ecosystem” says CEO

Nokia “must build, catalyse or join a competitive ecosystem” says CEO

Nokia needs to "change faster" to keep up with the cellphone market, CEO Stephen Elop has admitted, but it's his ecosystem comments during the company's financial results call that have tongues wagging. The Nokia/Android/Windows Phone 7 speculation has proven sturdily resilient to common sense and the Finns' own denials, and Elop's suggestion that Nokia "must build, catalyse or join a competitive ecosystem" is unlikely to do much bar fueling the rumors.

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Acer Aspire One E100 Education netbook dual-boots Windows & Android

Acer Aspire One E100 Education netbook dual-boots Windows & Android

Acer has unveiled its latest netbook, the Aspire One E100 Education, and as the name suggests it's targeted at classrooms. The 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 ultraportable dual-boots Windows 7 and Android - the latter being positioned as an instant-on option for quick browsing - and can be specified with a rubberized coating for bump protection; there's also a pocket into which a student can slot their name card, so that multiple E100 units don't get confused.

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bModo 12G Windows 7 tablet gets video demo

bModo 12G Windows 7 tablet gets video demo

With the tablet torrent at CES 2011 we'll admit to having forgotten about bModo's 12G tablet, announced in October last year, but the 11.6-inch Windows 7 slate has now shown up for a full review. AllTouchTablet picked up the $849.99 slate - which runs a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N450 single-core CPU with 2GB of RAM and Broadcom's CrystalHD video accelerator - and found the Windows experience to be pretty solid, with media playback impressing.

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Nokia N9 now packing 1.2GHz Intel Atom for MWC 2011 reveal?

Nokia N9 now packing 1.2GHz Intel Atom for MWC 2011 reveal?

Nokia's MeeGo-based N9 flagship smartphone has hit a few hurdles along the way; originally the company hoped to have a MeeGo device on the market by the end of 2010, a window that slipped to 2011. Initially, the N9 was expected to use a Texas Instruments OMAP processor, as with its existing handsets. However, according to Finnish magazine Prosessori, Nokia has junked the TI chip and opted instead to power the N9 with a 1.2GHz Intel Atom processor

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Intel Atom Windows 8 smartphones on horizon

Intel Atom Windows 8 smartphones on horizon

Intel has announced ambitions to see Windows 8 - the next-gen version of the Microsoft desktop OS - on smartphones based on its own SoC, with CEO Paul Otellini describing the prospect as "an upside opportunity for us." According to PC Pro, Otellini expects that Intel's low-power Atom processors - as found in the OCOSMOS OSC1 - will be ideally suited to Microsoft's promised "designed-from-scratch, touch-enabled" OS.

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Evolve III Maestro can’t choose between Windows 7, MeeGo & Android: picks all three [Video]

Evolve III Maestro can’t choose between Windows 7, MeeGo & Android: picks all three [Video]

How many OSes are too many on a tablet? Evolve III reckons three should be sufficient: its Maestro slate usually spends its time in Windows 7, but can also boot into MeeGo or Android depending on the user's mood and inclination. Demonstrated in all its triple-boot splendor to Geek at CES 2011, the Evolve III Maestro runs Intel's Atom N475 processor paired with 2GB of RAM and a 32GB SSD.

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Acer & ASUS snub Oak Trail Atom despite Intel price cuts?

Acer & ASUS snub Oak Trail Atom despite Intel price cuts?

Acer and ASUS have reportedly snubbed Intel's efforts to push Oak Trail Atom processors for tablet PCs, despite rumored price cuts on the chips that bring them into line with what NVIDIA is asking for Tegra 2. According to DigiTimes' sources, manufacturers are reluctant to consider Oak Trail given it is out-performed by the second-gen Tegra chip, and itself due for replacement in September 2011 by Cedar Trail-M.

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