The hottest tech of 2008

Update: revealed - the year's essential new gear

Aside from that, I'm also looking forward to seeing more products like the Asus Eee ultra-portable laptop. The mobile phone juggernaut has already eaten up PDAs and is giving satnav devices and digital compact cameras a hard time.

So it's great to see the traditional computing fraternity waking up and giving us an affordable mobile computing alternative to the next all-conquering smartphone. We need some more.

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Gary Marshall, Writer: The big one in 2008 will be flash storage. We'll see some pant-threateningly exciting new laptops once the hard disk is no longer obligatory. We should see some interesting form factors too, and the long-awaited Mac Tablet might even make an appearance.

It's not exactly sexy, but widespread adoption of Mini USB should make mobile phone users' and portable gadget owners' lives less complicated.

Although what I'd really like to see is widespread adoption of wireless charging. It exists, but I doubt it'll be mainstream this year.

The iPhone 2.0 should be good, too. Sticking a 3G radio in there instead of EDGE, upping the storage capacity and ironing out some of the interface wrinkles will make a good device great, and once the SDK's released we'll see some decent third-party apps. It should force other firms to raise their game too, which is good news for everybody.

James Morris, Writer: The forecast may be gloomy for the housing market in 2008, but there will be plenty to look forward to from technology over the next 12 months. I can't wait to try out Virgin's 50Mbits/sec broadband, because you can never have fast enough Net access. I'm also excited about the HD channels due from ITV and Channel 4 in spring 2008. Even if terrestrial TV is only just going digital, cable or satellite will give you plenty of broadcast HD to watch.

Another thing I'm looking forward too - well, hoping for - is AMD sorting out its quad-core production, so it actually produces some faster chips. A 3GHz Phenom still won't trounce Intel's Penryn, but it will put up a much better fight than 2.3GHz. And competition is something the processor market needs.

Although I don't see them going mainstream for years, now that Flash memory-based solid-state disks (SSDs) are faster than conventional hard disks, I'm looking forward to them reaching useful sizes for more affordable prices in 2008, so more performance freaks can enjoy the benefits. And towards the end of the year, I can't wait to see howt Intel's new Nehalem architecture shapes up.

Jeremy Laird, Writer: After a few years of relative stagnation, PC graphics took a huge leap forward with the release of the shader-soaked frag fest that is Crytek's Crysis earlier this year. And I for one refuse to play it through until I have a 3D card that does it justice.

I'm therefore very much looking forward to (or should that be fervently praying for) new high end GPUs from Nvidia and ATI in 2008. The other really exciting arrival should be Intel's all new Nehalem CPU architecture. The Core 2 processor is already impressive, but Nehalem promises to defenestrate that chip's final weakness - the clunky old front side bus - in favour of a more modern integrated architecture. Triple-channel DDR3 memory support, optional integrated graphics and up to eight execution cores with support for 16 simultaneous threads are just a few of the highlights. 'Nuff said.

James Rivington, Writer: There's one key product I'll be looking out for at CES and throughout 2008: and that's Sharp's range of 8th generation LCD TV panels. We first saw them at IFA earlier this year, and they were absolutely phenomenal. Frighteningly slim, dazzlingly bright, and with deeper blacks than we ever thought we'd see in an LCD TV. This could be the start of something very special indeed, and if this is where the market is headed, it's something to be excited about.

Also big for 2008 will be Sony's PlayTV for the PS3. It turns your PS3 into an HD-ready digital TV receiver with dual-HD tuners. You'll be able to use the console's internal hard drive to record one channel while you watch another.