By Alfred Lee, The China Post
The largest Computex Taipei opened its doors yesterday with 1,071 exhibitors displaying products across 2,183 booths at both halls of the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) and spilling into the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Hosted by the China Extrnal Trade Development Council (CETRA), Huang Chih-Peng, president of CETRA, said this year’s show is the largest in the exhibition’s 20 year history, growing by four percent and two percent in terms of the number of exhibitors and the number of booths, respectively, over last year. Huang also noted that Computex Taipei is ranked as one the top three computer shows in the world alongside the CeBit exhibition held in Germany and the Comdex exhibiton held in the U.S. A total of 125 foreign exhibitors from 14 countries took part in this year’s show, which showed a growth of 49 percent over that of last year, ranging from the U.S., the U.K., South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Germany, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, South Africa, Australia, the Netherlands, and Israel. There are 26 exhibitors from the U.S. displaying their products in Hall 1 of the TWTC, making the U.S. the largest participating foreign nation at this show.
All the major players in the IT industry are displaying their new products at the show. These companies include Acer, Austek, First International Computer, MiTac, Intel, Compal, Tatung, Twinhead International, VIA, Microsoft, National Semiconductor, Infineon, AMD. A newly included part of the show is the “IEEE 1394 Pavilion” in Hall 2. The pavilion is organized by the Taiwan 1394 Forum. “The pavilion introduces the new products of 21 member companies more systematically to the visitors,” said Huang. Both Microsoft and VIA are showcasing their products at this area. For the convenience of the visitors, the CETRA has put useful information on its Web site http://computer.cetra.org.tw and http://mart.cetra.org.tw
The Taipei Computer Association, which is one of the event organizers, also put useful information about the exhibition on their Web sites. Their web sites can be accessed http://www.computex.com.tw/com2001/review2000.asp and www.ippc.com.tw/ sqlasp/comp2001-listm.asp which allow international visitors to experience and view the events when they are unable to come to the show in person. A two-day “e21Forum Taipei 2001” began the same day on the 3rd floor at the Taipei International Convention Center. The forum of today will be on “the e-commerce payment systems between Taiwan and mainland China” (first session, 900 a.m. to 1000 a.m.), “Beyond the bundling realizing enterprises on e-commerce solutions” (2nd session, 1000 a.m. to 1100 a.m.), “Cross-strait CEO Exchange” (1100 a.m. to 1200 a.m.).
Topics of the afternoon sessions includes “The software that manages eBusiness,” “The right model and market potentials for an Internet Data Center in Asia Pacific,” “Challenging of broadband world integrated 4C,” and “Internet vision for Greater China.” The booths of most of Taiwan’s major IT manufacturers are located in Hall 2. The products, attracting the spotlights, are information appliances, PDAs, touch panels, Bluetooth- and 3G-phone-related products, wireless Lan products, gigabit-class LAN cards and optical storage devices.