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World's second-largest computer show begins five-day run in Taiwan
2007-06-05 01:22:33 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Booths open in the main exhibition hall on the first day of the 27th annual Computex Taipei, the world's second largest information technology show, Tuesday, June 5, 2007, in Taipei, Taiwan. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

TAIPEI, Jun 5 (AP) -- The world's second-largest computer show opened Tuesday in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei, with organizers promising it would lift the curtain on a number of new and innovative products.

Computex, now in its 27th year, trails only Hannover, Germany's CeBIT in terms of number of exhibitors, say the co-organizers, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council, or Taitra, and the Taipei Computer Association.

They say total visitors this year -- including about 30,000 from abroad -- are likely to exceed last year's 130,500.

Taitra Executive Vice President Walter Yeh said he expected this year's show to result in orders worth US$14.5 billion (€10.7 billion) -- up by about US$2 billion on the 2006 total.

"Taiwan's best companies are all here this year," he said. "Buyers will be placing a lot of orders."

Among the Taiwanese exhibitors at the 2007 Computex are personal computer vendor Acer Inc., and motherboard maker, Asustek Computer Inc. Major foreign vendors participating in the show include Intel and Texas Instruments Inc.

While some industry analysts say Computex is mostly an opportunity for Taiwanese high tech powerhouses to display their wares to foreign buyers, spokeswoman Kay Chang of TCA sees it as a platform for unveiling cutting edge products.

This year, she said, the show's highlights include the inauguration of Intel Corp.'s Santa Rosa operating system, the company's next generation of Centrino processor technology.

"We are talking about a brand new system, she said. "Many companies will launch new laptops embedded with the Santa Rosa platform."

In addition to the Intel launch, Chang, said, this year's Computex would feature a number of newly developed Wi-fi-related products, and a series of security-related innovations, including high tech fingerprint identification systems.

"Every year there are new products," she said. "This year we will see more products featuring mobility and functionality."

The show closes Saturday.

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