If predictions from Roy Chen, processor-maker ARM's worldwide mobile computing ODM manager, come true then we're going to see a whole lot of tablet computers in 2010. The exec said that he reckons there'll be more than 50 launched globally this year.

"The first tablet devices will launch in the second quarter by [mobile network] carriers", he said, during a press meeting, adding: "you'll see a lot more in the third quarter". Most are due to be launched in China, but a selection are likely to make it to the UK too. The inspiration, apparently, has been Apple's iPad plans.

ARM may know more than most about the plans of tech companies. As one of the first destinations for manufacturers planning the specs of new gadgets, the company gets to see an awful lot of prototypes. The big question is - what will the tablets run? Android, Linux, or Windows?