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Transistor using a single atom concocted by physicists

Transistor using a single atom concocted by physicists

Scientists have created an exceptionally miniaturized transistor that uses a single atom. The breakthrough was made by physicists at the University of New South Wales, and the breakthrough is seen as a better foundation for scalable quantum computing. The transistor is composed of a single phosphorus-31 isotope that was precisely placed on the base of silicon using a Scanning Tunneling Microscope.

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HP Mini 1104 insists the netbook isn’t dead

HP Mini 1104 insists the netbook isn’t dead

The netbook isn't dead, HP reckons, but it is getting marginalized into business and education environments, with the new HP Mini 1104 targeting schools and suits rather than home users. A 10.1-inch 1024 x 600 machine running Intel's 1.6GHz dual-core Atom N2600 processor with GMA 3600 graphics and up to 2GB of RAM, the Mini 1104 promises durability and performance for those who may be frustrated by text-entry on a tablet.

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Intel smartphone chip only “roughly good enough” says ARM

Intel smartphone chip only “roughly good enough” says ARM

Intel's Atom Z2460 should get the company "a few smartphone design wins" chipset stalwart ARM has conceded, but insists that the Medfield processors set to show up in Motorola and Lenovo handsets are only "roughly good enough for mobile phones." ARM regards the company as "a serious competitor" CEO Warren East told Reuters at CES this week, but pointed to the fact that Intel's underwhelming track record in power-efficient processors is likely to undermine its success.

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Intel inks Motorola and Lenovo Atom smartphone & tablet deals

Intel inks Motorola and Lenovo Atom smartphone & tablet deals

Intel has detailed its push to get x86 processors inside next-gen smartphones, confirming deals with both Lenovo and Motorola Mobility to use its Atom Z2460 chip. Motorola will "deliver smartphones and tablets based on Intel's Atom processor to consumers and businesses," according to CEO Sanjay Jha, while Intel has already demonstrated its Lenovo Racer-A reference design to SlashGear earlier at CES.

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Gigabyte S1081 tablet and T1006M convertible notebook pack Cedar Trail

Gigabyte S1081 tablet and T1006M convertible notebook pack Cedar Trail

Gigabyte has revealed a new tablet, the S1081, and a convertible notebook, the T1006M, at CES 2012, each running Intel's new Cedar Trail Atom CPUs. The Gigabyte S1081 has a 10.1-inch capacitive multitouch display, 500GB hard-drive (or a smaller-capacity, but bump-proof SSD) and USB 3.0, and can be paired with a Multimedia Docking Station that adds a DVD drive and 2.1 speaker system.

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Intel Cedar Trail netbook hoard descends

Intel Cedar Trail netbook hoard descends

If you are a netbook fan, you might be familiar with the Cedar Trial platform from Intel. Machines using the platform were expected this year, but Cedar Trail has now been delayed. Despite that delay there are a bunch of new netbooks coming that use the Cedar Trail platform. So far, the ones that have surfaced are from Asus and Samsung. Asus has the EeePC 1011CX, 1015CX, and X101CH incoming. Samsung also has machines coming including the NC110 and N102S using Cedar Trail.

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HP Project Moonshot reveals low-power Redstone ARM servers

HP Project Moonshot reveals low-power Redstone ARM servers

HP's home PC group may be struggling to find its place in the segment, but the company's more business-centric arm is having no such quandries: HP has just launched Project Moonshot, intended to dramatically slash power consumption by using CPU-stuffed chips like ARM's Calxeda. The densely packed processors mean HP can squeeze over 2,800 servers into a single HP Redstone Server Development Platform rack unit, demanding up to 89 percent less energy and 94 percent less space.

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ITG xpPhone 2 puts Windows 8 in your pocket

ITG xpPhone 2 puts Windows 8 in your pocket

ITG, maker of the xpPhone - putting Windows XP into a smartphone-scale chassis - has returned with the successor, the xpPhone 2, and thanks to Windows 8's new Metro homescreen it looks a whole lot more usable. Fronted by a 4.3-inch display and measuring 140 x 73 x 17.5 mm, the xpPhone 2 is expected to go on sale in 2012, running a full desktop OS rather than something mobile-focused like Windows Phone or Android.

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