ARM says iPad will start tablet avalanche

Roy Chen from Brit chip shop ARM has predicted that as many as 50 new tablet devices will tip up next year in an effort to upset the Apple cart.

Speaking at a press conference in Taipei, Chen said that most of the Apple-aping devices would be designed and built in China, but that the world's top ten mobile network operators would also be getting in on the act.

ARM, which designs low-draw chipsets for mobile devices, would of course be in the running to supply much of the processing grunt for such devices if they should materialise, so Chen's predictions could just be wishful thinking.