8 Jun 2006:
Intel does not rule out possibility of seeing Conroe-based notebooks
Intel does not rule out the possibility of seeing the adoption of its forthcoming desktop-use Conroe processors in notebook PCs, according to Jerry Kao, regional marketing manager for mobile products at Intel Taiwan.
Computex: VIA previews "John" for Ultra-Mobile PCs
Wenchi Chen, president and CEO of VIA Technologies, on June 7 laid out the company's strategy of continuing to push the limits on miniaturization of the PC platform based on its self-developed chip solutions. Meanwhile, Chen gave a preview of "John", the next advance in the VIA CoreFusion processor platform series that combines a VIA C7-M mobile processor core with VIA's upcoming VX700 mobile chipset.
7 Jun 2006:
Teco featuring a new 46-inch HDTV at Computex Taipei 2006
Taiwan-based Teco Electric & Machinery is showing a new 46-inch LCD TV with full high-definition (HD) features at Computex Taipei 2006 (June 6-10).
VIA gets embedded CPU orders at Computex
VIA Technologies has received orders for its self-developed embedded processors from BCOM Computer Center, Termtek Computer, Tul and DT Research at the ongoing Computex Taipei 2006 IT tradeshow, the Chinese-language Economic Daily News cited the company as saying.
Computex to move to larger space in 2008
The government-sponsored Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), in an effort to boost the space available for Computex Taipei, has won a 10-year franchise to operate a new exhibition space that is roughly the same size as the existing space. The current and new spaces combined will be able to host more than 5,700 booths for Computex from 2008, according to TAITRA president & CEO Yuen-chuan Chao.
Accton holds sideshow for Edge-Core networking solutions during Computex
Accton Technology is showcasing its Edge-Core brand networking solutions for system integrators, Internet service providers and small-to-medium-sized businesses at the Grand Hyatt hotel during Computex.
Asustek preps Origami UMPC R2 for sale in July, displays clone NB at Computex
Having displayed its Origami Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC), the R2, at the CeBIT 2006 IT tradeshow in Germany, Asustek Computer is now preparing sales of the device in July, according to the company.
Mitac showcases GPS handhelds at Computex
Mitac International presented a host of GPS-enabled devices at Computex Taipei 2006, including car navigation devices as well as its P550 Pocket PC and two PDA phones. Mitac chose to spotlight the portable devices, while being aware of slow PC demand since earlier this year, according to company president Billy Ho.
Chi Lin's 47-inch LCD touch screen monitor draws attention at Computex 2006
Taiwan-based Chi Lin Technology is highlighting a 47-inch touch screen monitor (ST-HB47A3N) at Computex Taipei 2006.
Compro introduces its VideoMate V550 standalone TV tuner box
Compro Technology, a developer and manufacturer of PC multimedia products, introduced at Computex Taipei 2006 its VideoMate V550, a high-end standalone TV tuner box that allows watching analog TV shows on a CRT/LCD/PDP monitor.
Wireless specialist AMIT shows innovative ODM lines
Taiwan wireless technology specialist AMIT (Advance Multimedia Internet Technology) is showing several innovative product lines at Computex, including digital gateways, wireless broadband routers and wireless LAN dongles at the 802.11g standard. In addition, AMIT has developed A/V transceivers, capable of broadcasting audio and video around the home, and wireless portable storage units incorporating either a 3.5- or 2.5-inch hard drive.
Shuttle launches four XPC products at Computex 2006
Shuttle marked the first day of Computex Taipei 2006 by adding four new products to its range of XPC systems and barebones. Each of the new products has been specifically designed to meet the unique requirements of Shuttle's targeted media center, home, business and enthusiast markets. Ken Huang, chief designer and architect of Shuttle, described the new additions as, "some of the most radical and innovative designs created by Shuttle, since the original XPC."
Computex Taipei 2006 show guide: Handsets
Around 14 companies are featuring mobile phones at the ongoing Computex 2006 in the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) and the Taipei International Convention Center (TICC) from June 6 to June 10. Eight of the companies do not have their own booth, but are showcasing PDA phones and smartphones at Microsoft's booth. Some of the chip providers, such as Nvidia and Intel, are also showcasing phones that utilize their latest technologies.
DVD+RW Alliance: 8cm DVD+R/+RW DL discs to be volume produced in 4Q
International vendors of optical discs, in light of growing demand for 8cm single-sided single-layer DVD+R and DVD+RW discs, are expected to begin volume production of 8cm DL (single-sided double-layer) DVD+R and DVD+RW discs in the fourth quarter of this year, according to DVD+RW Alliance representatives attending the ongoing Computex Taipei 2006.
Atheros and Broadcom verify interoperability of their pre-N solutions in Taipei
A testing jointly conducted at Computex by Atheros Communications and Broadcom for interoperability of WLAN devices built with draft 802.11n-compliant chipsets proved successful, according to sources who participated in the demonstration.
System makers pushing servers at Computex Taipei 2006
System makers Elitegroup Computer Systems (ECS), Gigabyte Technology and Micro-Star International (MSI) and server maker Tyan Computer are pushing new servers at Computex Taipei 2006 (June 6-10).
Power supply makers stress high-end segment at Computex Taipei 2006
Both Topower Computer Industrial and Zippy Technology are pushing high-end power supplies at Computex Taipei 2006 (June 6-10).
Albatron introduces new AMD and Intel motherboards at Computex
Displaying its new motherboards at Computex Taipei 2006, Albatron Technology keeps a balance between two competing desktop CPU platforms that are expected to battle for market share in the second half of 2006. AMD's Socket AM2 platform is represented by two new motherboards from Albatron, the K8NF4X-AM2 and the KM51PV-AM2, both utilizing Nvidia nForce4 chipsets. Two others, the PXP965 and the PXG965, support Intel's upcoming Conroe processor, being based on Intel's 965-series chipsets.
Leadtek shows GPS modules at Computex
Those who suspected that GPS was only a niche technology for either the military or mountain climbers will have been happily surprised by the strong consumer market for the technology. The strong consumer demand for GPS is, it seems, driven mainly by demand for in-car navigation systems.
HGST: 2.5-inch HDD market to grow 35% in 2006
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) on June 7 introduced a 2.5-inch, 160GB hard disc drive (HDD) based on perpendicular technology at Computex 2006. Bill Healy, senior vice president of HGST, stated that rising demand for notebooks and portable electronics devices will help the 2.5-inch HDD market expand 35% worldwide in 2006. A transition to perpendicular recording technology and SATA hard drives will definitely take the mainstream spot in the future, Healy added.
MSI promotes Dual CoreCell at Computex Taipei 2006
MSI has teamed up with a variety of partners, including AMD and Intel, and is showing a variety of products including notebooks, mini-systems, wireless devices, servers, consumer electronics, motherboards, and graphic cards at Computex Taipei 2006. Many of the products feature or support the company's Dual CoreCell optimization technology.
SanDisk aims to be number two behind Apple in MP3 players
On the sidelines of the exhibition of its latest MP3 player Sansa e200 at the ongoing Computex Taipei 2006, the recently-appointed managing director for SanDisk in the Asia-Pacific region Gavin Wu explained that the company is aiming to rank as the number two MP3 player vendor behind Apple.
Nvidia sets the bar for multimedia support on handhelds; new platform and partnerships make implementation a breeze
Nvidia yesterday at Computex Taipei announced its MobileMedia multimedia platform and two new reference designs for handheld devices running on Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0. The new platform is packed around Nvidia's GoForce 5500, 4800 and 4000 handheld GPUs (graphics processing units), all of which are already in devices that are raising users' expectations of handheld multimedia performance and changing the definition of being "on the phone."
Computex Taipei 2006 show guide: Display products
A total of 119 companies will feature optoelectronic display products at Computex Taipei 2006 at the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) and the Taipei International Convention Center (TICC) from June 6 to June 10.
6 Jun 2006:
GG Telecom features wireless headsets among Bluetooth offerings
GG Telecom, a Bluetooth device specialist, features a number of Bluetooth-enabled devices in its product offering, including its award-winning Gg03 headset series. The company is on hand at this year's Computex Taipei 2006 to provide people an opportunity to know more about its products.
Ultimate single card graphics - seeking the Nvidia GeForce 7950 GX2 at Computex
The search for Nvidia's GeForce 7950 GX2 is finally over. Following its announcement on Monday, it's now at Computex Taipei in a big way. With rumors flying for quite some time, Nvidia is billing this solution as enabling the fastest single graphics card in the world - 20-80% faster than the previous GeForce 7900 cards. In terms of both price and performance, the new cards will sit between a single 7900 GX2 and a pair of 7900 GX2s in an SLI configuration. The card is expected to be priced at around US$600.
Foxconn officially launches graphics card line, with Flextronics said to manufacture the high-end cards
Foxconn Electronics (the registered trade name of Hon Hai Precision Industry) on June 6 officially announced its lineup of its own-brand graphics cards. The lineup includes Foxconn's self-produced products for the entry-level and mid-range market segments, while Flextronics International will produce its high-end Nvidia GeForce 7900 GT/GTX/GX2 cards, according to industry sources.
Philips introduces Blu-ray Disc burners at Computex, schedules shipments in 3Q
Royal Philips Electronics is showing a Blu-ray Disc (BD) burner (SPD7000) at Computex Taipei 2006 (June 6-10), with volume shipments to commence in the third quarter of 2006.
Nvidia makes extreme gaming on notebooks easier to find at Computex
One of the major disappointments of Computex most years is the absence of so many key notebook manufacturers (because they focus almost entirely on OEM/ODM manufacturing and like to keep a low profile). Luckily, many of the top-of-the-line notebooks can still be found on the booths of the CPU and GPU manufacturers and extreme gaming is the power demonstration of choice.
Twinhead showcases Durabook notebooks at Taipei headquarters during Computex
Notebook maker Twinhead is showcasing its new line of Durabooks and slim notebooks at its Taipei headquarters June 6-9 during Computex Taipei 2006.
DDR3 promotes bragging rights, provokes curiosity
The two major DRAM vendors that are participating in Computex Taipei 2006, Qimonda (the former memory business unit of Infineon Technologies) and Nanya Technology, and A-Data Technology, which was recently again ranked by iSuppli as the number three DRAM-module supplier globally and number one in Asia, are showcasing DDR3 modules at the show. Although DDR3 is still far from being supported by chipsets, it now provides an opportunity for DRAM vendors and memory-module houses to differentiate themselves from the competition, leveraging their membership in an unofficial DDR3 club as a sort of technology advantage.
BenQ aims to boost handset business in Asia; showcases new displays at Computex
Following last year's acquisition of Siemens, BenQ's handset business has become its largest sales contributor for 2005 in the Asia-Pacific market, according to BenQ Asia Pacific associate vice president Adrian Chang at a press conference yesterday. He stressed that advanced technology and innovative products will be the key advantages for BenQ in the global handset market. To significantly gain market share, BenQ expects to launch more than ten new handsets in the second and third quarters, the company projected.
Proton highlights large-size LED backlit LCD TV at Computex 2006
Proton Electronic Industrial is debuting its 32-and 42-inch LCD TVs using LED as backlighting sources at the ongoing Computex 2006 show in June 6-10, according to the company.
Kingston: More NAND flash makers to become involved in memory card production
Kingston anticipates that more NAND flash chipmakers will participate in NAND-based memory card production, and the Secure Card (SD) will become the dominant standard, according to company founder David Sun at the ongoing Computex Taipei 2006.
Motorola shows off SoftStylus finger writing recognition software
Motorola will be showing its award-winning SoftStylus Finger Writing Recognition Software at Computex Taipei 2006. With the software and a notebook computer's built-in touchpad, thousands of Asian characters can be quickly and easily entered into all standard Windows applications with the touch of a fingertip.
Gigabyte showcases new server product lines
Gigabyte Technology is showcasing its new server product lines based on both Intel and AMD solutions at Computex Taipei, including four boards targeted at the entry and mainstream markets, and six systems focused on high-density data centers and small- to mid-size businesses.
AMD's Socket AM2 and Intel's Core 2 Duo get an nForce boost
Nvidia's May 23 nForce 500 series MCP (media and communications processor) announcement focused on the flagship of the new line, the nForce 590 SLI that is billed as the foundation for ultimate gaming systems. The 500 series includes four chips that deliver a complete range of solutions for AMD-based discrete platforms.
Intel Robson to halve boots
Intel is demonstrating its NAND flash based Robson technology at Computex Taipei 2006, with sampling to begin with notebook OEMs in August or September of this year, while the official launch will come once the Santa Rosa platform hits the market in early 2007, according to Intel Robson PME Mike Patterson.
CyberLink shows off next-gen disc and mobile TV products
CyberLink, a Taiwan-based maker of digital home solutions, on June 6 revealed its product line-up for Computex 2006, including ready-made solutions covering three core areas of the digital world: next-generation disc burning and playback; integrated digital home entertainment; and TV on mobile devices.
5 Jun 2006:
Computex: Billion to present IPTV Gateway lineup and all-in-one SSL VPN security gateway
Billion Electric, a Taiwan-based network equipment provider, will introduce a full series of IPTV gateways for the residential and SOHO markets at Computex Taipei 2006 (June 6-10). The entire product range includes ADSL2+ triple-play IPTV gateway (the BiPAC 7300 series and BiPAC 74xx series), a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) IPTV gateway (the BiGuard 2 and BiPAC 6404VP), an ADSL2+ coax / phone-line IPTV gateway (the BiPAC 7402HCG and 7402HPG) and a bonded ADSL2+ IPTV Gateway (the BiPAC 7522(G) series).
GlobalSat offers full range of GPS and Bluetooth-related products
GlobalSat Technology Corporation, a firm specializing in Global Positioning Systems (GPSs) and Bluetooth wireless communications, will be featuring a series of products during Computex Taipei 2006.
PQI announces availability of 64GB 2.5-inch SATA flash disk
Power Quotient International (PQI - Hall 1, Booth D530) is showing at Computex the latest addition to its industrial-use 2.5-inch SATA flash disk product line that features capacities up to 64GB. The devices utilize NAND flash memory chips from Korea-based Samsung, and the highest-capacity model is expected to begin shipping in August, with target markets including Europe, Japan, China and the US, according to the company.
Computex Taipei 2006 show guide: DRAM modules
With over 20 Taiwan-based and overseas DRAM module companies exhibiting their products this week at the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) and the Taipei International Convention Center (TICC), Computex Taipei 2006 presents an unrivalled choice for all types of buyers. According to marketing and research firm iSupply, the US and Taiwan currently dominate the DRAM-module industry, respectively occupying 11 and seven places in the 2005 rankings of top twenty third-party DRAM module suppliers. Reflecting this, US-based companies, headed by long-term market leader Kingston Technology, represent the second-biggest group of DRAM-module suppliers at Computex. In addition to Kingston, the group includes Wintec Industries, PNY Technologies, Patriot Memory and Super Talent Technology.
Asustek offers mobility in leather
Asustek Computer's S6 notebook series offer a tactile alternative to plastic and magnesium-alloy notebooks at this year's Computex. With hand-embossed leather, a jeweled hinge and polished keyboard, Asustek claims production lead-time on the machines is two months and that imperfections in the leather indicate its authenticity.
Yutron shows new USB pen tablet at Computex
Yutron Group is now showcasing its latest USB pen graphic tablet at Computex. Sized at 5.5x4-inches and weighing 340g, the new pen tablet (XP-5560B) is an upgrade of the XP-5560A. The XP-5560B operates on electromagnetic technology and offers a default 2000lpi (lines per inch) resolution with a maximum of 4000lpi. Software and packaging are currently available in Japanese. The tablet targets users that enjoy digital painting and drawing, handwriting letters and editing photos on a PC.
SID 2006 has small, big and flexible highlights
While most people in Taiwan are currently focused on Computex, San Francisco's Society for Information Display (SID) show (June 4-9) is making a splash with a range of next-generation displays.
Computex 2006 spurs demand for 4Gb and 8Gb NAND flash
Computex Taipei 2006, which kicks off tomorrow, has spurred a temporary pick up in demand for 4Gbit and 8Gbit NAND flash used in 512MB and 1GB memory cards, according to industry sources. Marketers who failed to source components from the contract market are sourcing from the spot market, thus boosting prices.
Computex 2006: Acer to unveil HD notebooks and dual-core Ferrari notebooks
Acer is set to showcase its lineup of high-definition (HD) notebooks at Computex Taipei 2006, including the new Aspire series that feature 15.4- and 17-inch displays for the mainstream and multimedia segments and the Aspire 9800, which sports a 20.1-inch screen to meet entertainment needs.
Kingmax promotes mobile memory applications
The Kingmax Group (Computex Taipei Hall 1, Booth A932) is showcasing at Computex 2006 its latest-generation DRAM modules and flash memory products, with the primary focus on mobile applications. New DRAM modules include 1GB DDR2-800 and DDR2-1066 DIMMs and a 2GB DDR2-667 SO-DIMM, all utilizing x8 DRAM components and scheduled for volume shipments in coming months. For flash memory products, the two main attractions at the Kingmax booth are the ultra-small Super Stick flash USB drive (34x12.4x2.2mm), available in capacities up to 1GB, and a 512MB microSD card.
VIA expects core business to turn profitable on strong C7 CPU sales
Kelly Wu, vice president of the sales division at VIA Technologies, stated that VIA expects that shipments of its low-power C7-series mobile processors will help the company's core business return to profitability in 2006.
Atheros and Broadcom to demonstrate interoperability of pre-N devices in Taipei
WLAN chipmakers Atheros Communications and Broadcom are to demonstrate the interoperability of WLAN devices built with the XSPAN family of chipsets from Atheros and the Insensi-fi 802.11n solutions from Broadcom during Computex Taipei 2006, which starts tomorrow and runs to June 10.
RoHS-related business to continue growing beyond July 1
Although the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) legislation comes into force in the European Union (EU) from July 1 (less than one month after Computex), the UK-based product quality management services company Intertek expects RoHS-related business will continue to ramp through the third quarter of 2006. It may then drop slightly and flatten for some time, Intertek says. Intertek's RoHS-related business is currently about three times larger than during the same period last year, according to the company.
AOpen reduces PC running costs through energy conservation
Motherboard maker AOpen has carved itself a niche in the small-form-factor (SFF) PC segment by focusing on its energy-saving MoDT (mobile on the desktop) solutions, and at this year's Computex Taipei 2006 the company has begun extending the energy saving theme to other product lines.
The processor wars hot up
Computex Taipei 2006 will mark the start of a fascinating two years in the processor wars. Well, make that three years, but by late-2007 it will have become increasingly clear who's managing to stay ahead, AMD or Intel.
A-Data targets overclockers with Vitesta Extreme Edition modules
A-Data Technology (Computex Taipei Hall 1, Booths D226-D236, D325-D335), ranked by iSuppli as the number three third-party DRAM-module supplier in the world and number one in Asia for the last two years, is hoping to attract overclockers, gamers and PC enthusiasts at this year's Computex by showcasing its Vitesta Extreme Edition modules. When this product line was first displayed earlier this year at CeBIT, it only included one product - the DDR-500+. Since then, the company has added five more products to the family and it now consists of three DDR and three DDR2 module offerings, ranging from DDR-400+ to DDR2-1000+. Utilizing x16 DRAM components from an undisclosed supplier, all the products currently appear with capacities of up to 2GB.
31 May 2006:
Computex: Thecus to introduce new NAS storage unit with routing capabilities
Thecus Technology, a Taiwan-based provider of digital storage solutions, will launch the RouStor-series storage solutions. Thecus' RouStor series combines NAS (network-attached storage) technology with routing capabilities into a single device. The result is an all-in-one solution that handles both networking and network storage for the home or office.
30 May 2006:
US-based Newegg.com seeks cooperation with second-tier Taiwan IT companies
US-based Newegg.com, an online retailer of computer and electronic products, intends to recruit Taiwan's second-tier IT brands for its online shopping offerings through the upcoming Computex 2006 IT trade show, according to Luke Lu, Product Management Director of Global PM Center at Newegg.com.
29 May 2006:
Intel to launch dual-core Itanium 2 at Computex
The launch of Intel's dual-core Itanium 2 processors, dubbed "Montecito," is now set to happen in the week of Computex, which will take place in Taipei June 6-10, according to sources. Intel expects the new dual-core CPUs, with mass production slated for July, will account for half of its overall server-use Itanium CPU shipments by the end of the third quarter, the sources cited the chip giant's roadmap as indicating.
USI to push ABIT-branded motherboards at Computex 2006
Universal Scientific Industrial (USI), which recently acquired the ABIT motherboard brand from Abit Computer, will push the brand at Computex 2006 (June 6-10), according to the Chinese-language Apple Daily. USI said it will invite foreign buyers at Computex to visit its facilities in Nantou, Taiwan to improve the ABIT brand recognition, the paper said.
Computex: Inventec to highlight servers
Inventec intends to spotlight its server lineup during the upcoming Computex 2006 exhibition and is vying for orders from distribution channels in Europe and the US, according to the company. The servers include the IB4221 AMD Opteron blade server, and the IX3150 SAS/SATA2 storage array, said the company.
26 May 2006:
Kingston to unveil new USB flash disk lineup and high-density memory cards at Computex 2006
Kingston will introduce a new lineup of high-density memory card and USB flash disk drive at the upcoming Computex Taipei 2006, which runs from June 6-10.
2 May 2006:
Computex 2006 to set new records; attractions to include World Cup TV wall
A record audience of about 150,000 visitors, including around 33,000 international buyers, is expected to attend the upcoming Computex 2006 trade fair, which will be held at the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) and the Taipei International Convention Center (TICC) from June 6 to June 10.