2/1/2005

HP Says Hits Milestone in Transistor Successor

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Hewlett-Packard Co. said on Tuesday its researchers have proven that a technology they invented could eventually replace the transistor, a fundamental building block of computers.
In a paper published in Tuesday’s Journal of Applied Physics, HP said three members of its Quantum Science Research group propose and demonstrate a “crossbar latch,” which provides the signal restoration and inversion required for general computing without the need for transistors.

Palo Alto, California-based HP said that the technology could result in computers that are thousands of times more powerful than those that exist today.

“We are reinventing the computer at the molecular scale,” said Stan Williams, one of the authors of the paper. “The crossbar latch provides a key element needed for building a computer using nanometer-sized devices that are relatively inexpensive and easy to build.”

Phil Kuekes, another one of the paper’s authors, said that transistors would continue to be used for years along with conventional silicon circuits.

But, he added: “This could someday replace transistors in computers, just as transistors replaced vacuum tubes and vacuum tubes replaced electromagnetic relays before them.”

The crossbar latch itself is a wire that is crossed by two other wires and the resulting junctions work as switches that are only a few atoms across and can actually be programmed by a series of electrical pulses.

Williams said the next step is to study the properties of circuit composed of crossbar latches and to build them.

Source: Reuters

Google Is Now A Domain Registrar

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Google is now an ICANN-accredited registrar of domain names, providing it with yet another potential line of expansion. The fast-growing search provider is approved to sell names in seven top-level domains (TLDs) including .com, .net, .org, .biz., info, .name and .pro.
Google’s registrar status, first noted by LexText, is likely to prompt speculation about its ambitions in web hosting and blogging. Google operates Blogger, the free blog hosting service with a huge user base. Cheap or free domain names could prove useful to Google in the notoriously price-sensitive blog hosting sector, where most bloggers use subdomains (i.e. myblog.bloghost.com) rather than full domain names (www.myblog.com).

Domain sales have also become an important tool in the business hosting market, where domain registrations have surged in the past 18 months, even as prices have dropped steadily. Hosting providers like Hostway, EV1Servers, Interland and Yahoo have used cheap domains to attract hosting customers.

Those four hosting companies are not domain registrars, however. All buy their domains from wholesalers like Tucows, Go Daddy or Melbourne IT, and have a minimum per-domain cost, usually at least $6.50. Rather than viewing domains as a for-profit business, these providers have approached domain sales as a marketing cost. A recent survey by The Web Host Industry Review found that the keyword phrase “web hosting” was selling for $7.70 per click on Google AdWords and $9.02 on Overture. Not all of those clicks will become new customers, either, making a $1 or $2 loss on a domain sale seem like an affordable way to acquire a customer.

The greatest domain cost efficiencies are available to hosting companies that are also ICANN-accredited registrars, such as 1&1 Internet of Germany, which offers .com domains at $5.99, the lowest non-promotional price of any major hosting provider. As a registrar, Google could have similar flexibility to aggressively price its domain names.

Source: Netcraft

MSN Launches New Internet Search Service

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Microsoft launched the new MSN Search, the first-ever search engine built from the ground up by Microsoft Corp.

Now available in 25 markets(1) and 10 languages, the new MSN Search service delivers more-relevant results, instant answers to specific questions, and a collection of tools that give Internet users greater control in targeting and refining searches.

Consumers in the United States can experience this powerful service on the redesigned MSN home page at http://www.msn.com . The new home page features a cleaner look and feel and a simplified layout to make information even faster and easier to find. MSN Search now has a more prominent position on the home page, with convenient tabs that allow consumers to quickly target searches to the Web, news, images, music, desktop or Microsoft(R) Encarta(R).

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