Top 10 Hardware Stories Of 2010
Partnerships and new technologies dominated the hardware landscape, as vendors battled for market share and dollars from customers slowly shedding budgetary shackles. Buyers -- from IT executives to home-office users and gamers -- had plenty of choices, ranging from the iPad and new competing wares, to the latest in IBM mainframes, and practically everything in between. Not surprisingly, several vendors have followed Apple's lead, quickly offering tablets designed to tap into the iPad's momentum. But so far, analysts agree that Apple has a large lead, with little signs of abatement. Everyone did not focus all their efforts on smaller, consumer-oriented products. IBM took the wraps off a new mainframe, the most notable update to this part of its extensive portfolio in five decades. For its part, HP extended its exploration of a new memory format through a partnership with a memory manufacturer that can make the esoteric world of engineering into the reality of mass production.