News Bits: Intel Atom Processors, Windows XP Still Lives, Nvidia Blamed for Vista Crashes

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TabletKiosk shipping the GETAC 840XT Tablet PC

TabletKiosk, today announced that it is now shipping the GETAC 840XT, the company’s first full mil-spec rugged Tablet PC, created in partnership with rugged mobile computing pioneer, GETAC.

The g840XT is an 8.4" Tablet PC designed for people who require mobility, durability and advanced wireless functionality and that complied with the rigorous environmental requirements of the MIL-STD-810F standard. For pricing and availability check out TabletKiosk’s website.

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Intel officially launches five Atom CPUs

Intel officially launched five Atom CPUs along with a single-chip featuring integrated graphics called the Intel System Controller Hub. The Atom processor and System Controller Hub used together as part of Intel Centrino Atom technology, which will be used in Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs). The Atom processors have TDPs ranging from 0.6 to 2.4 watts and are manufactured on a 45nm process. The chips measure a mere 25mm^2 and have 47 million transistors each.

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Windows XP sticking around for low-cost laptops

According to an unnamed source, Microsoft is extending availability of Windows XP for low-cost laptops beyond the date the firm stated it would stop selling licenses, June 30. Many of the new Mobile Internet Devices created on the Intel Atom platform will lack the specifications, specifically the space and memory, to run Windows Vista. Vista is not a practical operating system for systems running less than 1GB of RAM and only a few gigabytes of storage. Vista’s cost would also push system prices past their intended $250 – $300 range.

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Nvidia drivers account for 30% of Vista crashes in 2007

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A great deal of interesting information has been uncovered in the Microsoft documents ordered unsealed in the ongoing Vista-capable lawsuit. According to statistics in Microsoft’s own documentation, Nvidia drivers were responsible for almost a third of all Vista crashes in 2007. Microsoft falls into second place with about 18 percent of crashes followed by the unknown category, accounting for about 17%. AMD-ATI and Intel had 9.3 and 8.8% respectively, and percentages rapidly taper off after that.

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New device sniffs out passwords in memory

A company has been testing out a new technology that sniffs out passwords, documents, and other sensitive data from memory in only a few minutes. DaisyDukes, a series of scrips, operates on memory dumps or live memory with a USB-based memory dumper. It can be plugged into an unattended machine, even if it is locked, and still grab data by booting off the device. Windows and Linux both hold large amounts of passwords in memory.

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