By John Liu, The China Post
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Asia’s largest information and communications technology show COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2015 kicks off today at the Taipei World Trade Center, featuring the Internet of Things (IoT), mobile applications and cloud technology as the themes of the exhibition. Up to 1,702 exhibitors from 21 countries around the world will showcase their products and services in 5,072 booths. Event sponsors expect that more than 38,000 people will visit the event, which runs June 2 through June 5. Many companies are making their first appearances at COMPUTEX, including British semiconductor company ARM, Japanese telecommunications company NTT, Chinese consumer electronics company Haier and local semiconductor company ASE Group (������). Event organizers Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA, �~�T���|) and Taipei Computer Association (TCA, �x�_���q�����|) are opening two new exhibition areas this year �X Wearable Technology and 3D Business & Applications. There are a total of 18 exhibition areas. The Booming IoT Industry According to research company Gartner, more than US$1.9 trillion will be spent on the booming IoT industry, making available 25 billion IoT devices by 2020. COMPUTEX is riding on this new trend, as over 700 exhibitors will be presenting IoT-related technologies.
IoT applications that will be presented at the exhibition include handheld and wearable devices, wireless transmission, cloud technology, smart living and the Internet of Vehicles. The development of the IoT is also fueling the demand for integrated circuits, known as ��the heart of IoT.�� This year, COMPUTEX invited global semiconductor companies including Intel, MediaTek (�p�o��), Broadcom, Nvidia and NXP, essentially making it ��the gathering place for chips,�� said TAITRA Executive Vice President Walter Yeh (������). Chang Li (�i��), TCA deputy secretary-general, said given Taiwanese firms’ competitiveness and broad reach, they are regarded as ideal partners for global players pursuing IoT technologies. Winners of COMPUTEX d&i Awards Visitors will see three concept pavilions at COMPUTEX this year �X New X Possibilities, Taiwan Cloud EXPO and Meet the Future. Smart living, smart transportation and secure payment will be featured at New X Possibilities, while best start-up innovations for smart home and smart mobility will be presented at Meet the Future. In the pre-show press conference held yesterday, 72 products were recognized in the COMPUTEX d&i awards ceremony for their high degree of innovation and exceptional design. Up to 271 entries from 118 companies were in the contest.