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HP offers new thin clients
Hewlett-Packard unwrapped three new thin-client devices last week, designed to help IT managers provide basic computing power for low-end users. The basic models include the $239 t5125 with 32MB of flash memory and 128MB of DDR, and the $289 t5520, which features 64MB flash and 128MB system memory. Both come with Windows CE 5.0. The $319 t5525 is a Linux thin client with 256MB flash and 128MB system memory.

AMD launches dual-core chips
One week after Intel officially unveiled its dual-core Pentium D, AMD made available its highly evangelized Athlon 64 X2. The new chip contains two processors on a single piece of silicon. AMD’s dual chip offers higher performance because it balances tasks between the two cores. On display at the launch event were several prototype machines running the chip from Acer, HP, and Lenovo.

Japan aims for world’s fastest supercomputer
With its sights set on surpassing the IBM Blue Gene/L, Japan’s government rounded up Hitachi, NEC, and several Japanese universities to begin research for a new supercomputer it hopes will crunch numbers as much as 30 times faster than the IBM system. The organizations said the system may be completed by 2011 and will perform at more than 3 quadrillion calculations per second, or 3 petaflops.