Indeed, being exhibited at CES is no guarantee of actually being released to the public - 2010 saw a range of tablets that didn't end up launching in 2010, with some of those tablets seemingly recycled for 2011, although a stack of new designs is promised and due to be unveiled over the next three days, including some already showcased during Microsoft's pre-CES keynote.
Many of those tablets will be using Intel processors, be they of the Atom or more powerful Core variety, and while many will also be using competing ARM processors (with even Microsoft showing off a version of Windows to come that will work with ARM processors), Intel is still on track to sell hundreds of millions of processors for use in all manner of computing devices, with tablets likely to be an ever growing chunk of business in 2011 - despite the popularity of the iPad and the expected popularity of Android OS 3.0 'Honeycomb' tablets.
So, what has Intel lined up for 2011? Known by its code-name of 'Sandy Bridge', Intel already unveiled the 2011 range of processor improvements and new features at its twice-yearly 'Intel Developer Forum' events in 2010.
However, the start of 2011 is where the rubber hits the road and consumers get to buy the new technologies Intel has been working on - or get closer to retail availability as the year progresses and PC manufacturers bring their new designs to market.
This year Intel says we'll see 20 new processors, new chipsets and new wireless chips including new Intel Core i7, i5 and i3 processors, Intel 6 Series Chipsets, and Intel Centrino WiFi and WiMAX adapters powering more than 500 new laptop and desktop PC platform designs, so it will be a busy year - even though some will be fixated on one new product release - Apple's iPad 2, if that's what the iPad successor will even be called.
That said, despite Apple's success, Intel boasts that 'more than 1 million computers' are sold each day, so it continues being a very competitive market - and long may that competition continue!
In a press release, Mooly Eden, the vice president and general manager of Intel's PC Client Group said: 'The new 2nd Generation Intel Core processors represent the biggest advance in computing performance and capabilities over any other previous generation. The built-in visual capabilities enabled by these new processors are stunning. This, combined with improved adaptive performance, will revolutionize the PC experience in a way that is obvious for every user to see and appreciate - visibly smarter performance.'
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