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50 new tablets debut at Taiwan electronics show

A showroom employee displays tablet computers from Taiwan's

A showroom employee displays tablet computers from Taiwan's top two PC vendors, Acer Inc. and AsusTek Computer Inc. in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, May 28, 2011. Credit: AP Photo/Chiang Ying-ying

Computex, one of the world’s largest computer trade shows, kicked off Thursday in Taiwan, and it seems like every manufacturer is looking to jump on the tablet bandwagon. More than 50 new tablet computers are set to debut at the show.

But that’s just a small taste of what’s going on over there, as new computer processors, home automation gadgets and cloud storage services are set to make it into the mainstream.

Check out the photo gallery for a peek inside the walls of Computex.

Some early highlights

--- An Intel exec announced that a new PC, dubbed Ultrabooks, will make up 40 percent of the market by the end of 2012. These machines, powered by a new 22nm Ivy Bridge, will be less than 0.8-inch thick and start at less than $1,000 (think cheap MacBook Air). They will be more powerful than current netbooks and use 50 percent less power.

--- MSI's WindPad Enjoy is a 10-inch Android Gingerbread slate with 1,024-by-768 resolution, 4GB of storage, 512MB of RAM, and a 27.3WHr battery and a modest asking price of $299. It comes with a 1.2GHz ARM Cortex A8 (single core) processor that can play back 1080p video .

--- Viewsonic is introducing a 24-inch gaming LED monitor (V3D245wm). It is capable of 3-D, it has a HDMI 1.4 input, 1,080p resolution, 120Hz scanning rate, 2-millisecond response time and a 20,000,000:1 "maximum contrast ratio" (yep, there are eight zeros in there). No word yet on price.

--- Hard-drive maker OCZ showcased a new RevoDrive Hybrid that combines SSD and a traditiohnal HDD into a single drive. The result gives users the best of both worlds --  capacity and speed.

--- Microsoft debuted its next generation Windows 8, which optimizes the touch-screen capabilities on tablet PCs.

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