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Computex Chip News Roundup: The Fast, the Small, and the Cool

PC World: Wondering when you can get a dual-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon smartphone processor to game on the go? Or Optimus-enabled Nvidia chips in your laptop to save battery while traveling? At this year's Computex expo in Taipei, chips are getting smaller, faster, and smarter than ever.

The iPad gave quite a jolt to the tablet market, and now several chip manufacturers are rushing to improve their mobile CPU and GPU offerings. Who's jumping on the bandwagon of fast, energy-sipping chips? Intel has a new thermal "technology concept" in the works called "Canoe Lake," which will purportedly allow for thinner laptops in the near future. Canoe Lake will work with Atom chips--which usually require fans to dissipate excess chip heat--to cool future laptops and allow for use of the Atom dual-core technology in netbooks.

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