CES 2012: Ultrabooks And Tablets And Ivy Bridge, Oh My!

Brad Chacos

Ultrabooks, Ultrabooks, Ultrabooks! If you think you’re hearing an awful lot about the portable, powerful laptops now, be prepared to be flooded in Ultrabook news next year. According to a key director behind the annual Consumer Electronics Show, as many as half a hundred Ultrabooks could break cover at CES 2012. In fact, it's starting to sound like CES 2012's slogan could be "Smaller is better."

"We expect to see 30 to 50 new Ultrabooks launched at CES," Shawn DuBravac, the Consumer Electronics Association’s director of research for show organizers told a crowd of reporters at the CES Unveiled show taking place in London. If true, it could certainly bolster IHS iSuppli's massive growth predictions for Ultrabooks .

Before you groan, look on the bright side: maybe the headlines won’t be filled with news of the rise of tablets on a daily basis anymore, right? Wrong. PC Pro reports that DuBravac expects nearly 100 tablets to be unveiled in the Mojave, in a rush reminiscent of lasts year’s tablet torrent.

Intel CEO Paul Otellini is slated to give a keynote speech at the show. It's widely expected that he'll officially release the new Ivy Bridge processors that day -- which should bring improved energy efficiency to the table and likely stoke the Ultrabook fires even further. Face it, chunky laptop lovers; it’s looking like you may have to slim down one day if you don't plan on buying a gargantuan gaming rig.

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