NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Next week marks the biggest week on tech's calendar as the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show kicks off in Las Vegas. Not only will all the gadgets from the future be there, so will TheStreet. And amid the buzz about connected cars and connected TVs, tablets and 4G wireless, we will be zeroing in on the pertinent investment news that could influence stocks.
So what's in store? Microsoft's ( MSFT) new, new tablet plan, Verizon's ( VZ) 4G devices, and Motorola's ( MOT) Google ( GOOG) Android-Honeycomb tablet, for starters. Here are a few other highlights. ARM-based processors Nvidia ( NVDA) has scheduled a press conference Tuesday, and the expectation is that the chip shop will have a beefier graphics processor for laptops and a slew of mobile devices to show off its Tegra 2 dual core processor. One guess is that Nvidia will feature the LG Optimus 2X Android phone, running a Tegra chip. The stock Nvidia has had difficulty expanding its business beyond graphics chips. Every year for the past three years, it has promised an ARM-based mobile chip; this may be the first time Nvidia delivers. Qualcomm ( QCOM) and ARM ( ARMH) will also be showcasing similar chips at the show.
Mini NotebooksAsus and Toshiba also present Tuesday, and it wouldn't be a shock to see them unveil some ultra-thin notebooks. Apparently Acer and Asus and a number of other computer makers have developed new models that take after the sleek design of the Apple ( AAPL) MacBook Air. The stock Apple's MacBook Air is the new netbook to beat. Slumbering giants like Dell ( DELL) and Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ) can't get out-maneuvered again in this category. Connected TVs Yahoo! ( YHOO) has a demo in the works on how it plans to play a role in the great bridge between Internet and HDTV. And TV makers like Sony ( SNE), Samsung, Panasonic ( PC) and Toshiba -- among many others -- are expected to emphasize Internet proficiency. But Google's Google TV effort may have dealt the group a bit of a setback. The stock Instead of forging the happy partnership between Hollywood and Net TV it hoped for, Google has been seen as an adversary. Failed negotiations with ABC, CBS, and NBC have caused the studios to block shows from Google TV. It's a bad start to a promising service, and Google needs to break the standoff.