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The Kfar Sava-based startup N-trig will provide the touch-screen technology for the tablet computer that Taiwanese manufacturer HTC is developing as direct competition for Apple’s iPad.

The so-called gPad will be rolled out in the United States in November by global search engine, email, book depository, you name it colossus Google, in cooperation with the U.S. telecommunications company Verizon.

It’s a coup for N-trig, whose multitouch screen technology has led it to be called the iPhone of notebook computers, with screens that identify and respond to the touch of several fingertips at a time on the surface.

From Bill to Steve

Last week’s announcement, on the Download Squad blog, that HTC is building a tablet using Google’s Chrome operating system, and not Microsoft’s Windows 7 OS, shouldn’t be too surprising, given that the manufacturer made the NexusOne cell phone for Google, but it represents a shift for N-trig. The Israeli developer’s technology is integrated into Windows 7, and in a departure from policy the giant from Redmond, Washington has invested in N-trig. There’s no legal barrier to the “betrayal,” though, as Microsoft and N-trig never signed an exclusivity agreement.

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