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ARM & Intel To Fight For Tablet Supremacy At CES 2011

Las Vegas is going to be for one week, the battleground for the war that ARM and its partners will be waging against Intel, one which may determine who will take the lion share of the tablet PC market next year.

Digitimes said that Elitegroup Computer System (ECS), Asustek Computer and Micro-Star International (MSI) are going to showcase tablet computers at the Consumer Electronics Show 2011, with a growing proportion of Android-based models compared to last year.

ECS will rely on Marvell or Samsung rather than Qualcomm or Nvidia to deliver its first tablet devices. Apart from the fact that they will run Android, they will feature either a 7-inch or a 10.1-inch multi touch capacitive screen. In addition, ECS will also demonstrate Widows 7 tablets based on Intel's Atom architecture.

MSI will also showcase a 10inch tablet device based on Windows 7 and Intel Atom as well as prototypes of ARMDroid tablets, highly likely to be Gingerbread-based.

Digitimes also said that MSI was preparing an Nvidia Tegra 2 tablet for April or May, one likely to come after the launch of Honeycomb (Android 3) which the Taiwanese news outlet expects to be launched in March next year.

As for Asus, it looks as if it will release a number of 7-inch ARMDroid models based on Nvidia's Tegra 2 or Qualcomm's Snapdragon models, one with 3.5G support which will allow phone calls to be made, not unlike the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

These models will be launched as early as March or April 2011, which means that they are likely to be based on Honeycomb, rather than Gingerbread.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.