Three things to expect from CES 2013: Surface Pro, Haswell, Tegra 4

The International Consumer Electronics Show, held in Las Vegas, will take place from 8 - 11 January 2013 and, once again, the focus will resolutely be on the next generation of consumer electronics. This time around, the opening keynote speaker will be the CEO of Panasonic, hinting at the growth of consumer electronics as the global economy recovers and crowds look to embrace new technologies.

This year's CES, which covered more than 17 hectares, attracted over 5,000 media partners, 3,000 exhibitors, and 150,000 attendees, a quarter of whom came from outside the US. It is estimated that it generated more than half a billion dollars in sales.

CES 2013 is likely to maintain its status as the “world’s largest annual innovation event”, matching or surpassing last year’s numbers. Below are some of the things we expect to see that could have an impact on this side of the pond.

Microsoft Surface Pro

Microsoft recently announced that it will begin selling the Surface Pro, its x86-powered, business-oriented Windows 8 tablet, in January. So the likelihood that the device will debut at CES 2013 is extremely high, especially given that Microsoft may use the tablet as the flagship model of the glut of Windows RT and Windows 8 devices that will flood the event. What would be even more interesting is if the Surface Pro features a fourth generation Intel Core processor, rather than a third generation one, in a bid to stay ahead of the competition. Microsoft revealed earlier this year that it won't be holding a keynote presentation this time around, so its announcements will likely be kept to a minimum.

Haswell, the fourth generation Intel Core

Previous generations of Intel Core processors have been launched at CES, so seeing the fourth generation Intel Core processor, based on the Haswell microarchitecture, at CES 2013 should not be too much of a surprise. Intel described it last year as being the platform that will “fuel future of mobile computing innovation” with faster, thinner, lighter and more secure systems. What we know so far about the system is that it will use a 22nm manufacturing process and will include HD graphics support, new instructions for faster encryption and performance, new hardware-based security products and low-power processor sub-states which will reduce power consumption, with a thermal design power of only 10 watts. It's also likely that we will see systems with fourth generation Intel Core processors at CES 2013, though they may not be immediately available.

Nvidia Tegra 4

Nvidia’s Tegra 2 went live at CES 2011 with the first dual-core smartphone, the LG Optimus 2X, breaking cover hours earlier. And although its follow-up, the Tegra 3, didn’t have a formal launch, I suspect that Tegra 4, otherwise known as Wayne or the T40, will be the big one. It's expected to be moving from a Cortex-A9 to a Cortex-A15 architecture, which would allow Nvidia to surpass competitors like Qualcomm and Samsung. Like the Tegra 3, the Tegra 4 is due to have a companion core (possibly based on the Cortex-A5 or Cortex-A7) and an upgraded graphics core.

ITProPortal will be live at CES from 6 January, so look out for our coverage of what's next in the technology world. You can follow our dedicated CES 2013 channel.