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Tech News: Tablet Shipments to Overtake PC Notebooks This Year


Plus, did Intel present misleading information about its new Ivy Bridge CPUs at CES?

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Link: Tablet PC Market Forecast to Surpass Notebooks in 2013, NPD DisplaySearch Reports

"Tablet PC shipments are expected to reach more than 240 million units worldwide in 2013, easily exceeding the 207 million notebook PCs that are projected to ship, according to NPD DisplaySearch Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report. In a market that has been dominated by one major player, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), shifting market dynamics are creating the opportunity for a greater variety of choices, which will drive shipment growth in 2013 to 64% Y/Y."

Link: Power Saving Through Marketing: Intel's '7 Watt' Ivy Bridge CPUs

"The particular Ivy Bridge processor in the IdeaPad 11S we got our hands on was a Core-i5 3339Y, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor with Hyperthreading and Turbo Mode support up to 2.0GHz. There are both cheaper and more expensive CPUs in the lineup, but this one probably represents the best combination of features and price-we expect it will be one of the more popular selections for Ultrabooks and tablets based on these processors, much like the Core i5-3317U is now.

"Detailed information on this processor is up on Intel's (NASDAQ:INTC) ARK site for anyone who bothers to look it up, and it immediately reveals a bit of fancy footwork on Intel's part: the actual thermal design power (TDP) of that processor is listed at 13 watts. The 7 watt number advertised during Intel's keynote yesterday is actually from a new metric, 'scenario design power' (SDP), which purports to measure how much power the CPU is using during average use."

Link: CES 2013: Razer Unleashes Edge Windows 8 Gaming Tablet

"If you're already sick of the usual Windows (NYSE:MSFT) 8 tablets announced so far in Vegas this week, you might appreciate the audacity (relatively speaking) of the Razer Edge gaming tablet, the finished product of the crowdsourced Project Fiona.

"While the heart of the Razer Edge (and Edge Pro) is a 10.1-inch tablet running Windows 8, the guts are essentially those of a gaming laptop. Depending on which model you purchase, you get a choice of an Intel Core processor and an (NASDAQ:NVDA) mobile graphics card -- no Atom CPU and integrated graphics here. In the case of the Edge, it includes a Core i5 processor, an NVidia GT640M LE GPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 64GB solid state drive. If you're even more hard core, the Edge Pro packs an Core i7 CPU, double the RAM, and either a 128GB or 256GB SSD."

Link: Google Withdraws ITC Patent Claims Against Microsoft

"Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Motorola Mobility filed a motion today with the U.S. International Trade Commission to drop two patents from its patent infringement complaint against Microsoft.

"The motion (see below) puts to rest part of the ITC patent battle between the two companies, which began in November 2010 when Motorola sued Microsoft over wireless and video coding patents used in Xbox and its smartphones. Microsoft countered that Motorola was unfairly seeking excessive royalty payments for the H.264 video patents, which are an industry essential standard and as such must be offered on FRAND (fair, reasonable, and nondiscriminatory) basis."

The Wall Street Journal
Link: Apple Working on a Less-Expensive iPhone

"Apple is working on a lower-end iPhone, according to people briefed on the matter, a big shift in corporate strategy as its supremacy in smartphones has slipped.

"While Apple has explored such a device for years, the plan is progressing and a less expensive version of its flagship device could launch later this year, one of the people said."

Twitter: @ChrisWitrak
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The author has a position in Intel and Microsoft.
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