2Lenovo ThinkPad X300
3Apple MacBook Air
4Intel Atom Processor for Netbooks and Nettops
5Intel Core i7 Processor Built with the Nehalem Microarchitecture
The Intel Core i7 is the first Intel processor created using the new “Nehalem” microarchitecture, which will boost performance by using a design that integrates the memory controller into the CPU. Intel will use the Nehalem architecture for the next two years before switching to new chip design technology.
6AMD 45-Nm Opteron Processor
After failing to bring its previous 65-nanometer Opteron processor out on time, Advanced Micro Devices brought out its 45-nm Opteron processor—formerly “Shanghai”—early and with significant OEM support. This processor is expected to help AMD compete against newer Intel processors and the current crop of Xeon chips.
7Asus Eee PC
8Dell Inspiron Mini 12
9IBM iDataPlex Array
With the iDataPlex, IBM began offering an x86-based system that could address the needs of Web 2.0 application, cloud computing, SAAS (software as a service) and high-performance computing. While smaller companies such as Verari Systems and Rackable Systems offered similar configurations, the iDataPlex seems to have validated the market for these types of server systems.
10Nvidia Tesla and AMD FireStream General-Purpose GPUs
While the average IT department can’t run out and buy the IBM Roadrunner supercomputer—the only one is housed at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico—this high-performance computer system was the first of its kind to break the petaflop barrier, achieving 1 quadrillion calculations per second. With Roadrunner, IBM opened a new chapter of HPC.