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12/15/2010
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Top 10 Hardware Stories Of 2010

Partnerships and new technologies dominated the hardware landscape, as vendors battled for market share and dollars from customers slowly shedding budgetary shackles. Buyers -- from IT executives to home-office users and gamers -- had plenty of choices, ranging from the iPad and new competing wares, to the latest in IBM mainframes, and practically everything in between. Not surprisingly, several vendors have followed Apple's lead, quickly offering tablets designed to tap into the iPad's momentum
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Two years after discovering memristor technology, HP continued to advance its work in these four basic elements in integrated circuits. In August, HP partnered with Hynix Semiconductor to bring memristor technology to market in the form of Resistive Random Access Memory (ReRAM). Memory chips created using memristor technology could run much faster and use far less energy that those using Flash memory technologies, according to Dr. Stanley Williams, HP senior fellow and founding director of HP's information and quantum systems laboratory. The partnership with a computer-memory manufacturer should enable the two companies to deliver a high-quality, memristor-based memory solution quickly and on a mass scale, he said.

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