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By Reuters  |  Posted 06-02-2008 Print


The show's organizers say a total of 1,725 exhibitors, including foreign technology companies, such as Intel and AMD, will attend the June 3-7 show in Taipei, up 29 percent from last year to a record high.

They arrive at a time when semiconductor and display makers are scaling down their capital spending to ease pressure on the supply side, and when a new batch of computers, mobile phones and game machines have just hit the stores.

Research firm IDC predicts that worldwide PC shipments are expected to rise 13 percent, to reach 296 million units in 2008, and will grow about 10 percent in each of the next two years.

For the first time, Computex buyers can have a quick tour by using trial laptops that have an ultra-high-speed Internet technology, WiMax, built in when they take free shuttle buses, the organizers said.

Many Taiwan PC makers and telecom operators have pinned their hopes WiMax technology winning the battle to be the fourth-generation mobile standard of choice.

Global spending on WiMax infrastructure, including base stations and equipments, is likely to grow to $3.5 billion in 2011, more than tripling from 2006, according to IDC.

"WiMax has been getting much chatter and with players like Sprint and Google coming in, its a huge push for the technology," said Rosemary Ho, Chairman and CEO of Global Mobile, a WiMax license holder in Taiwan.

Intel has also made a big bet that mobile WiMax will take off soon, even though many large operators in developed countries are throwing their weight behind a rival technology, known as Long Term Evolution (LTE).



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