Computex 2021 kicks off month-long virtual show

Rodney Chan, DIGITIMES, Taipei 0

Computex 2021 kicked off on May 31, with firms presenting their latest innovations and products in a month-long virtual tradeshow.

On the opening day, Intel executive vice president Michelle Johnston Holthaus discussed accelerating digital transformation and how to release a new era of innovation when the world is most looking forward to innovation. Arm CEO Simon Segars discussed the role of technology in the post-pandemic.

"Computex was born in the 1980s when the technology industry took off. At that time, together with entrepreneurs from around the world, Taiwan pursued disruptive innovation and created an industry supply chain that paved the way for the Internet and digital economy that we have today," said James Huang, chairman of TAITRA, an organizer of the annual tradeshow. "It has been one year into the pandemic, and we continue to push forward with innovation and navigate in the new normal. As Taiwan stands at the center of the global technology ecosystem, we will never cease to build, connect, integrate, innovate, and push forward with the latest technologies. Today, I am honored to announce the opening of #ComputexVirtual. No matter where we are, let Computex connect us for a better future,"

Computex 2021's opening keynote by Intel was led by Holthaus with the theme of "Innovation Unleashed." Intel talked about sustainability awareness of enterprises under the raging global pandemic and how it continues to work with global partners to promote digital transformation. Intel noted it will respond to the global market demand quickly and flexibly with its new IDM 2.0 business model, and will also continues to promote innovation with 5G and its Open Architecture.

Arm CEO Segars keynote titled "Sparking the World's Post-Pandemic Recovery" demonstrated how technology can be a remarkable force for good that will be critical to the world's recovery and create a more sustainable and secure future. The combination of computing in the age of AI will accelerate how people tackle complex challenges surrounding climate change, security, and equitable access to technologies and connectivity. Segars indicated that long-term investments in research and development are the key to shaping that future. Arm has invested significant resources in its next-generation architecture. Armv9 will enable partners to solve hard problems in the next decade of compute related to security, compute efficiency, and AI-enabled services, all while fighting climate change at the same time.

Computex 2021 offers live demonstration of the latest solutions on 5G, AI & IoT, edge computing, high-performance computing (HPC), gaming, innovations and startups.

The month-long online exhibition also includes a variety of events, including the #ComputexVirtual online exhibition, Computex CEO Keynote, Computex Keynote, Computex & InnoVEX Forum, and Computex Matchmaking, giving attendees direct access to the leading tech manufacturers and the latest technology trends.