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CES 2011 brings record international visitors

The CEA, the organisation behind the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas which wrapped up last week, has claimed a record number of international visitors this year - and an overall boost in visitor numbers compared to 2010.

Overall, the show attracted more than 140,000 visitors - a significant boost from the 126,000 that graced the halls, hotels, and show floors of Las Vegas last year - with a record-breaking 30,000 of those having made the slog from other countries.

It's not hard to see what caused the upswing in visitor numbers: this year's show has been the first to feature heavy representation from tablet vendors - a market thought by many to be the next big thing, taking over from netbooks as a major source of growth - along with the latest in 3D TV technology from others.

With the first products featuring Google's Android 3.0 'Honeycomb' operating system - a re-designed version of the company's open-source smartphone OS which offers improved functionality for large-screen devices like tablets - appearing at the show, anyone interested in the future of mobile devices will have been on the first plane to Las Vegas.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of this year's show, and the one that has the most potential to change the face of future computing forever, was Microsoft's announcement that Windows 8 would support processors based on the architecture developed by British chip designer ARM - news which not only shocked the industry, despite previous rumours that such support was in the works, but also sent ARM's stock price skyrocketing to new highs.

With CES over for another year, it remains to be seen in CES 2012 can manage to top this year's bumper figures with technology announcements we can't even begin to guess at.