Perfect finale for COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 with exhibition size and number of
buyers both achieving new heights
June 7, 2008, Taipei Computer Association.
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008, the second largest ICT exhibition in the world, ended
on June 7th. It was the first time ever that 4 exhibition halls have been
used in COMPUTEX TAIPEI, namely TWTC Hall 1, TWTC Hall 3, Taipei
International Convention Center and the brand new Nangang Exhibition Hall.
With this much capacity the scale of the exhibition has increased by 53
percent compared with last year. According to estimates made by the
organizers, the total number of visitors this year, amounted to 106,517
people, within which 34,685 are overseas buyers, 5 percent more than last
year's 33,027, reaching a new height. It is also estimated that the 5-day
exhibition has brought purchase orders for Taiwan's ICT industry that
amounts to more than 20 billion US dollars, effectively increasing Taiwan's
visibility on the world stage. COMPUTEX TAIPEI is not only a trade
exhibition, but is also one of the most important information and technology
exchange platforms for the global ICT industry.
The largest number of buyers was again from the USA and next in place are
Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Germany, India, Russia
etc. The increase of buyers from Asian territories shows that Asia has
already become the center of the global IT industry market and also that the
demand for IT products is rapidly growing in rising economies like China,
India and Russia.
WiMAX and ultra-portable NB have become the focus points of COMPUTEX,
attracting endless market opportunities
According to the results of statistical analyses of pre-registered buyers
and IPOs, communication products (3G, WiMAX), industrial computers, Mobile
Devices / UMPCs, touch screens, Green IT represent a major proportion on the
buyer's target product procurement list this year. Coinciding with the four
main product themes of this year's exhibition, which is W.I.N.G. (WiMAX, ICT
Crossover, New Generation NB, Green IT). Among these products, WiMAX and
ultra-portable notebooks are especially high-profiled.
WiMAX is the main event of this year's COMPUTEX, starting with the signing
of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Taiwan Ministry of
Economic Affairs (MOEA) and Intel Taiwan, to invest 500 million US dollars
to jointly accelerate the commercial deployment of WiMAX in Taiwan. And then
there is the exhibition of WiMAX Expo, Taipei, which coincided with COMPUTEX
TAIPEI, showing Taiwan's transition into a proverbial "WiMAX Island" that
inhabits all the latest technology and products related to WiMAX. The WiMAX
shuttle bus service is providing visitors with the opportunity to experience
the stable and fast internet connection of WiMAX, even when the user is
traveling at high speed on a vehicle, in this instance, a bus. Many buyers
have expressed that the first time they began to understand and actually use
WiMAX, was at COMPUTEX, and they also believe that, in the future, WiMAX can
connect the concepts of digital family with consumer electronics, thereby
creating huge market opportunities.
And the ultra-portable notebook computer market with display sizes below
10-inch, is no longer dominated solely by the Eee PC from Asustek. Other
manufacturers have also begun to put their products into the market, like
the Aspire One from Acer, the Netbook M912 from Gigabyte, the Wind NB from
MSI and the second generation OEM laptop from ECS, the Classmate PC etc.
have all appeared in the exhibition. In addition, E-lead, AWARE, Amtek are
also launching products with similar concepts. From these newly launched
products, there are more innovative and user-friendly designs aimed at
screens, keyboards and operational systems.
Besides the competition between computer systems manufacturers, the
activities of semiconductor giants like Intel and AMD are also a hotspot of
attention. Starting with the announcement of Intel Atom at day one of the
exhibition, the Atom processor has become the hottest keyword at this year's
exhibition. You can find the trails of Intel Atom on a wide variety of
product applications, including ultra-portable NB, MID, desktop PC,
motherboards and even embedded systems. To respond to this development, AMD
has announced a new NB platform codenamed Puma, and revealed that
manufacturers like Toshiba, NEC, Fujitsu and Acer are already using this
platform. Obviously, the competition of next generation NB is reaching
Best Choice award winning products are highly sought-after; results for the
popularity award "Buyers' Choice" are out
The organizers have specially set up two pavilions separately at Shinyi and
Nangang this year, to exhibit the Best Choice award winning products. During
the exhibition, buyers and the media alike were continuously asking for
details about the products. The Best Choice award list has become sort of an
indicator for product procurement and media reports. According to the jury,
which consists of IPO and juries from international awards, it is possible
to get a peep view of this year's main product trends, during the product
choosing process.Therefore, the award winning products represent the best
trendsetting products of this year.
After the Best Choice award list was announced at the first day of the
exhibition, a buyer's popularity vote was held and ended at 6:00pm on June
6th. The activity lasted for 4 days and accumulated about 5000 votes.
Finally, the winner of this year's Buyers' Choice for Best Choice Award is
the ARES CG6155 by Asustek, which is also winner of the award category,
Product Design-Industrial Design. Asustek is also the greatest winner of
Best Choice this year, winning the most awards.
Reputation for being an excellent procurement exhibition and ICT information
and technology exchange platform
To enhance the B2B platform features of COMPUTEX TAIPEI, the organizers have
limited the access of the first 2 days of the exhibition to "buyers only",
which has received a lot of positive approval from buyers and exhibiting
manufacturers alike. In addition, the Taipei Computer Association (TCA), one
of the COMPUTEX organizers, has held 3 Taiwan-Japanese match making forums
with topics like embedded systems, WiMAX and PND products. The purpose of
these forums is to help facilitate the understanding between Taiwanese
manufacturers and overseas buyers, so that manufacturers can better
understand the procurement demands of buyers and buyers can also know more
about the research and development capabilities of Taiwanese manufacturers.
Furthermore, according to the interview results of many buyers and foreign
press it is a common perception that COMPUTEX is successfully integrating
the supply chain of the ICT industry, and making it more convenient for
buyers to fulfill their procurement needs. In addition, many new trends and
technological results that are not necessarily being shown at other
international exhibitions can be seen here at COMPUTEX. One buyer from South
Africa has even given the remark that COMPUTEX is the "place to be" for
people working in the ICT industry, revealing the fact that COMPUTEX has
left a deeply positive impression as an international procurement
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2009 begins from June 2nd till June 6th. See you next year.
I recently developed a MediaWiki extension, that allows to export news in RSS 2.0 and Atom 1.0 format in easy manner. The extension is called "News Channel" and is now available at http://www.mediawiki.org/wiki/Extension:News_Channel. Basically, when user or aggregation program requests a feed, the extension gets specified number of latest articles from some specified category (e.g. [[Category:Published]]), exports it to RSS/Atom feed format and sends to user. Articles's title will be the headline and article's text will be the description of news item. Feed is automatically linked from every page of the wiki, like recent changes feed is linked. First I developed it for my own site, but I thought it could be useful for other projects, especially for Wikinews. Customization is possible.
What do you think?
Taiwan's ICT industries eye market of next-generation networks
Jun 3, Taipei
Welcome to Computex Taipei - the largest ICT B2B exhibition in Asia. This year's events include Computex Taipei Forum - NGN 2008, Taiwan's most influential conference about next-generation networks (NGNs).
In 2008, the converging streams of digital technologies across ICT, convergence among communications, Internet, entertainment and media will continue to gather momentum. NGN is the magic wand to live a digital lifestyle in a civilized world. It would transform the way people work, live and do business. The resulting new systems and business models will encourage innovative collaboration across countries, industries and technologies.
As the indicator of the global IT industries, Taiwan will surely not miss the chance to lead the vogue. That is why we hold this forum to encourage participants to join high-level debate on an exciting range of topics, tackling core issues underpinning the NGN.
Computex Taipei Forum-NGN 2008 starts by providing opportunities for industry networking and a meeting of the minds. It also provides a platform for strategic partnerships and business deals among ICT industry players, policy makers and thought leaders. This event is directed by Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs; organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council and the Taipei Computer Association; and operated by the Committee for Communications Industry Development, Dempa Publications, Inc. and the Institute of Information Industry.
The Computex Taipei Forum organizers have invited a stellar line-up of speakers to discuss wired and wireless broadband infrastructures, services and technologies as the key to next-generation networks.
Special Presentation (June 4, 09:30~10:00, Room 3 - 5)
Delivering speed, agility and reliability in the new global virtual economy
Mr. John Mulligan ,Director, Network Engineering, AT&T Asia Pacific
AT&T, the world's largest communications company, is investing over US$1billion in 2008 to expand and enhance its global network to meet the ever-increasing demands of multinational corporations. From AT&T's perspective, next generation networks need to be more resilient, more intelligent and more diverse to support increasingly complex applications, as well as sophisticated, unified communications tools. At the same time, as the global economy becomes more heavily dependent on worldwide communications networks, security has become a critical factor. John Mulligan, Director of Network Engineering AT&T Asia Pacific, will discuss AT&T's strategy for deploying its next generation network
Keynote Speech 1 (June 4, 10:00~10:30, Room 3 - 5)
Powering the revolution in consumers' multimedia experience – The Business of Innovation
Mr. René Penning de Vries, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, NXP Semiconductors
NXP Semiconductors is a top 10 semiconductor company founded by Philips more than 50 years ago. The company has 37,000 employees working in more than 20 countries and posted sales of USD 6.3 billion in 2007. NXP creates semiconductors, system solutions and software that deliver better sensory experiences in mobile phones, TVs, set-top boxes, identification applications, cars and a wide range of other electronic devices. NXP is strongly committed in R&D with annual investment of about $1.4 billion and 26 R&D centers located in 12 countries. Innovation has propelled the semiconductor industry, pushing the boundaries of size, speed and volume, and, in turn, enabling the consumer electronics revolution. Innovation is the basis of the knowledge economy. Wireless Sensor Network is an innovation sample for NXP. NXP has comitted to Greater China region. Our innovation in Taiwan and China including Asia's first Die-Level Failure Analysis Centre in Taiwan, investment in NXP Dongguan factory and so on. In summary, innovation makes the semiconductor industry tick, and partnering and collaboration is embedded in NXP's strategy.
Keynote Speech 2 (June 4, 10:30~11:00, Room 3 - 5)
Advancing the Mobile User Experience
Mr. Seshu Madhavapeddy, General Manager, Mobile Internet Devices Business Unit, Texas Instruments
Over the next decade, TI sees a future where technology must support and complement a more consumer friendly experience where the user is king, once again. Technology will intuitively adapt to individual interests, recognizing unique environments, location, culture and preferred method of communication and really merit the name SMARTphones. Those that successfully meet this challenge will thrive in the fast-growing and high-value smartphone (and feature phone) segments of the wireless market. Handset manufacturers across the world are taking advantage of TI's OMAP applications processors to carve out their own place in this market with innovative products that deliver new capabilities and an improved mobile user experience. This session will explore this market opportunity.
Keynote Speech 3 (June 4, 11:00~11:30, Room 3 - 5)
Delivering on the Promise of Mobile Internet
Mr. Luis Pineda, Senior VP, Marketing & Product Management, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies
Within the coming few years, wireless technology will have diversified into nearly every segment of the computing and consumer device market, bringing a new level of connectivity to everyday life. As people around the world become increasingly mobile, the expectation will be for ubiquitous access to mobile Internet that is instant, seamless and transparent. For the first time, the reality of truly mobile Internet is possible.
The factors that will lead to this evolution of connectivity are a dramatic jump in mobile processing capabilities to enable pocketable devices that carry a user's computing state; ubiquitous mobile broadband networks that span the globe; and a broad range of compelling services and applications that rely on wireless to invisibly provide the real-time information that modern life requires.
By combining unsurpassed low-power processing, a comprehensive range of connectivity capabilities and powerful multimedia with an unprecedented level of integration, the features of Qualcomm's new Snapdragon platform are a true indicator of the types of future devices that will change the way people interact with technology.
Keynote Speech 4 (June 4, 11:30~12:00, Room 3 - 5)
The Digital Housing Revolution
Mr. Ken Liu , Director, Digital Home R&D Office, Farglory Land Development Co., Ltd
Land development programs at Farglory are dedicated to exploring ideas for better living in modern family homes, using connections to the Internet and to digital systems. Since 2005, Farglory has been helping families maximize the advantages of wireless broadband, remote surveillance equipment, E-learning, FTTH, fingerprint identification systems, tele-health care, remote, NFC mobile phone for home entrance-guard security, U-City digital service platform and IPv6.
A constant corporate goal has been to combine emerging and cutting-edge technologies and architectures to reinforce convenience and control within the household. Through these activities, Farglory has become a pioneer in the construction industry. Now the company aims to establish a "digital family blueprint" upon which to build new and better digital family lifestyles for the next 100 years.
NGN Driver Track, Session1 (June 4, 13:00~13:40, Room 3)
The new Individual TV Experience
Mr. Yun Chao Hu, Steering Group Chairman, Open IPTV Forum
The presentation addresses the market needs for a forum that addresses the interoperability aspects of the emerging IPTV market. The vision of the Open IPTV Forum is presented which is based on the 3 pillars of Personalization, Interactivity and Communication. Furthermore it illustrates the key success factors of the key technologies within the Open IPTV Forum that ensures a converged IPTV solution that addresses blended TV and communication services independent of the access technology. The Open IPTV Forum also addresses the increased interactivity within the home domain allowing different device profiles implementing the Open IPTV Specifications. Finally a list of the membership will be presented.
NGN Driver Track, Session2 (June 4, 13:40~14:20, Room 3)
Mitsubishi Electric Optical Data Transmission Technology
Mr. Koji Ono, , Deputy GM, Global Telecomm. Strategy and Marketing Dept., Mitsubishi Electric Corp.
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (MELCO) is the world No. 1 vendor in the Optical Data Transmission Equipment market including Passive Optical Network (PON) equipment. The presentation includes
-Japanese Broadband Market Situation and Technology
-Mitsubishi Product Major Advantage
-Basic Technology included
-Future Technology Trend
NGN Driver Track, Session3 (June 4, 14:20~15:00, Room 3)
The Maturity of EPON-Based Fiber Networks – 5 Years and More Than 10 million Subscribers
Mr. Greg Caltabiano, President & CEO of Teknovus Inc.
1) PON networks have been in the field for more than 5 years now, tremendous "live traffic" experiences from deploying, running and maintaining PON networks
a. More than 35 service providers - spanning from PTTs to mobile to independents to rural, across 5 continents
b. Large ecosystem - from optics to system vendors
2) Technology developments
from 1G to 2G to 10G with co-existence
3) Market Maturity:
Market segmentations - from single family homes to MTUs to Enterprises
Customer premises equipment – H/G, PoE, SFPs
Networks Driver Track, Session1 (June 4, 13:00~13:40, Room 5)
WILLCOM True Wireless Broadband
Mr. Yoshioki Chika, Director Executive Vice President, WILLCOM. Inc.
This presentation provides information of a BWA system based on Micro Cell technologies utilize experience of PHS operation since 1995. Dec. 2007, Japanese government has issued 2 of frequency band license of 2.5GHz band for KDDI with WiMAX and WILLCOM with this BWA system which is originally developed in Japan. Micro Cell system provide huge network capacity required for realization "True Wireless Broadband".
Networks Driver Track, Session2 (June 4, 13:40~14:20, Room 5)
Near Future with Mobile Internet Navigation Device
Mr. Tetsuo Hata, Senior Manager, Product Planning Dept., Sales & Marketing Division, Clarion Co., Ltd.
Hitachi CIS (Car Information Systems) solution
Collaboration of Hitachi group
Introduction of Mobile Internet Navigation Device
Example of usage scenario
Networks Driver Track, Session3 (June 4, 14:20~15:00, Room 5)
HD-PLC: New Possibilities, New Connections!
Mr. Eiji (Ed) Kobayashi, CEO and President, HD-PLC Alliance
Mr. Chenyi Chiu Strategic Program Manager, HD-PLC Alliance Office of North America,
Power Line Communication (PLC) is appearing as a promising candidate for building a society that connects everyone and every piece of equipment, where everyone can use "people-friendly" networks without having to consider what equipment or wiring is required.
Established in September 2007, the HD-PLC Alliance aims to expand the use of the HD-PLC fast power line communication technology and further improve communication compatibility among products employing HD-PLC.
Spread of HD-PLC is expected to accelerate with the incorporation of HD-PLC modules into various IT-based consumer products. We are endeavoring to promote healthy development of the PLC market in order to help progress the broadband networks.
NGN Enabler Track, Session1 (June 4, 13:00~13:40, Room 4)
Compression Technology Immerses NGN Consumer in HD
Mr. Michael Thuresson, Product Planning Manager, Digital Video Business Group, NTT Electronics Corp.
Highlighting NGN Content and Delivery, starts with a discussion and live demonstration of HDTV broadcast compression technologies by NTT Electronics. NTT Electronics is a leader in digital video, and uses state-of-the-art technologies to develop LSI devices and equipment for video processing and communications.
NGN Enabler Track, Session2 (June 4, 13:40~14:20, Room 4)
Laying the Content Delivery Path to the Home
Mr. Trent Wheeler, Director, Product Management, Macrovision Solutions Corp.
This session will examine the next steps in bringing the consumer closer to having a more complete choice of devices with which to enjoy that content.
Trent Wheeler, director of product management at Macrovision will explore some of the current holes in the equation, including the current disconnect between CE manufacturers and content providers, the need for open standards - such as DLNA and UPnP - so that products work together seamlessly, and the incompatibility of proprietary DRM technologies. Join Trent in discussing the role software plays in helping to increase convenience for consumers while enabling new business models and revenue streams for content providers
NGN Enabler Track, Session3 (June 4, 14:20~15:00, Room 4)
Building an Ecosystem for Mobile Broadband
Mr. Ulf Rydin, Director Product Management Mobile Broadband Modules, Ericsson
There are already more than 165 commercially deployed HSPA networks in more than 75 countries. What's more, a burgeoning ecosystem of mobile broadband devices and services has emerged around the technology. For example, there are more than 400 HSPA-enabled devices on the market-including phones, notebooks, PC modems and wireless routers.
Ericsson sees mobile broadband being integrated into notebook PCs and other devices in three waves: first in notebooks aimed at business users; second in notebooks aimed at consumers; and third in other consumer electronic devices such as MIDs, GPS navigators, in-car entertainment systems, gaming devices and cameras to name a few.
By 2011, analysts predict that almost 200 million notebooks will ship annually, and Ericsson believes that at least half of these will have HSPA embedded modules.
Grand Panel Discussion (June 4, 15:10~16:30, Room 3 - 5)
Mr. John C. C. Hsueh, Senior VP & CTO of Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd.,
Mr. Kiminori Sato, Vice President, Global Business Office, Technology Innovation Dept., NTT West Corp., Mr. Hyungsoo Kim, Ph.D., Principal Researcher, Strategy & Planning office of KT Corp.
Mr. John Mulligan, Director of Network Engineering, AT&T Asia Pacific
Mr. Thomas Huang Vice President of D-Link Corp. Telecom Business Center will form the panel.
Mr. Yuji Inoue, Ph.D., Fellow of IEEE & IEICE, President & CEO of the Telecommunication Technology Committee of Japan will serve as moderator.
Outline of Panel Discussion
These industry leaders tackle several topics central to the evolution of next-generation networks, starting with the idea of an all-over-IP network, and how it will change the capabilities of service providers. Panelists also will take a look at the progress in broadband, the companion technologies that are emerging, and the different strategies that competing companies will adopt to address NGN trends. Panel members and the moderator also will share their views on marketing issues, demand, regional growth, cost control and new business models relevant to NGNs.
Special Briefing by Mr. Kiminori Sato,
Today, the Internet users worry about the quality and security of the network. Telecom carriers face to the decline of voice-related revenue and increase in investment for IP network while maintaining the existing network. NTT decided seamless migration form telephone and metallic access network to IP and optical fiber access network in its mid-term management strategy. At present, Japan's broadband networks are the world's fastest and lowest cost, and the number of NTT's FTTH user reaches about 9 million. NTT started NGN service over FTTH infrastructure at this March. NTT intends to enlarge NGN service area up to entire current fiber access area by the end of FY 2010.
Special Briefing by Mr. Hyungsoo Kim, Ph.D
- Identifying the driving forces towards NGN
- Introducing BcN (Broadband Converged Network)
- Understanding the implementation scenario and strategies applied in KT
- Looking into further considerations for deploying NGN
Special Briefing by Mr. Yuji Inoue, Ph.D.,
NGN standardization started in 2004 as the Focused Group in ITU-T, and its first release was completed in 2006.
Standardized NGN architecture is very unique and attractive to satisfy various customers ranging from leading edge enterprises to ordinal consumers, since it enables wide variety of network capabilities.
BT started to construct NGN, 21 Century Network, firstly for VoIP to reduce network costs. NTT started NGN, FLET'S HIKSARI Next, this March mainly for new services and new revenues targeting 3-play or 4-play.
This panel focuses on NGN technical features, its attractiveness from different stakeholders , and migrations plans.
Press Conference (in English) (June 4, 16:40~17:00, VIP Room)
Immediately after the grand panel discussion, the press conference will take place in the nearby VIP Room. AT&T, NTT West, KT, Chunghwa Telecom and D-Link will participate. You are cordially invited to attend. There will be a special lucky draw program after the press conference.
NGN Forum News Contact (Forum Committee)
NGN Forum Press Reception Center
TWTC 2F, Room 3, 4, 5. (Jun 4 09:20~17:10)
About Computex Taipei Forum - NGN 2008
This event is directed by Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs; organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council and the Taipei Computer Association; and operated by the Committee for Communications Industry Development, Dempa Publications, Inc. and the Institute for Information Industry since 2002.
It provides a venue for network operators, service providers and equipment manufacturers to discuss the challenges of building NGNs. Leading executives will offer ideas for new business models, and will meet with the Taiwan OEMs and ODMs who can provide some of the necessary components for the infrastructure of tomorrow.
Venue: TWTC 2F, Room 3, 4, 5. Date: 09:20~17:10, Jun.4, www.ngntoday.com
Mirko is suggesting we have a segment of headlines somewhere on the
newsroom. See below email.
From: Mirko Lindner [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: 04 June 2008 11:42
Subject: Wikinews and JustFM
I did some thinking...well that sounds to great a message ;) I had an
idea, how about creating a "tool" that allows people to upload one
headline at a time, so the same way the wikinews usually work. Okay
that's not quite clear yet...
Let's say someone writes a Headline in the Newsroom (if that is actually
the place) and he could also record just this one headline and store it
somewhere either in the newsroom or somewhere else. The radio would then
pick the last 5 or 6 headlines recorded and build adhoc news. We would
have to come up with a mechanism of keeping more important stuff longer
in the loop of course, but I figured it would bring down the threshold
for someone to record a part of the news, as it is 20 seconds rather
than several minutes one has to record...
What do you think?
PS: I haven't thought about the technical side yet, but I am sure we can
find a way to do all this ;)
PPS: As I am preparing for a semi-official announcement of JustFM I
wanted to ask if we should include wikinews as part of the radio and
explain a bit how the newsroom works or sth. Say that the news lie with
the wikimedia and that we would be more than happy about anyone who
wants to get involved, please click here to get to the wikinews site ...
Well I would work on the text a bit, but as a general idea ;)
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Taipei, June 2008
There's a great new way to get your product known fast, very fast! Just have
it win one of the four Gold Awards presented at the first-ever COMPUTEX
TAIPEI design & innovation award 2008. Each four gold-winners will be
honored with trophies (custom designed for this contest by Proud Design) and
have the glory of taking the stage at the special press conference on June
2nd, just one day before COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008. Best of all, each of the 17
prize winning entries (including the four Gold Award winners) are displayed
to tens of thousands of visitors at the NANGANG Exhibition Hall during
The problem is that taking home Gold isn't that easy! For starters, there
were 139 products entries vying for just four prizes. And each had to be
critically reviewed by international experts in the following product
1. Communication Products
2. Components & Parts
3. Computer systems
5. Data Storage Device/Media
6. Optoelectronic Display Product and Digital Audio /Video
With COMPUTEX TAIPEI being an international platform for demonstrating
technological innovations and outstanding design this competition is a
natural addition to the show.
"We are happy to support COMPUTEX TAIPEI with our 'organized by iF'
services," states Ralph Wiegmann, managing director of iF, which is the key
backer of this contest. "We have set high standards for this design &
innovation award. Thanks to the hard work of the panels of judges, and their
critical and professional judgment, the overall conclusion is very positive
One of the international panelists, Christoph Böninger states that this
competition reflects the current state of the art in Taiwan. "The standard
of design-excellence has risen in the last years to an international level,"
stated Böninger. "Taiwanese companies are now competing well with
international companies in the IT sector."
"Having participated as a judge in several Taiwan awards, I was pleasantly
surprised with the overall quality of the COMPUTEX TAIPEI design &
innovation award 2008 entries," stated Kris Verstockt of Cre8 design studio
who is one of the panel. "Several companies sent in multiple entries and it
was evident that these organizations are focusing more than ever on brand
expression through consistent product quality and uniform brand imaging.
Equally interesting was the fact that not only the big players but also
smaller companies are placing more emphasis on product quality, innovation
and product design."
Key factors considered in products included the degree of innovation, design
quality, workmanship, choice of materials, environmental friendliness,
functionality, ergonomics, utility value, safety, universal design and brand
Meet the Panel
Each submitted item was fully inspected by each panelist who chose 17
winning entries. After that four of these short-listed winners were chosen
for Gold Awards. The panel of judges comprise of Christoph Böninger
(brains4design GmbH), Duck Hsieh (Duck Image Corporation), James Irvine
(James Irvine S.r.l.), Kris Verstockt (Cre8 design studio) and Roger Pin-Si
Lin (Nova Design Co., Ltd.).
The 4 "Gold award" prizewinners of the COMPUTEX TAIPEI design & innovation
(Sorted by the category and the name of the of prizewinning entries)
Category: 03 Computer systems
Company/manufacturer: VIA Technologies, Inc.
Design: VIA Technologies, Inc.
OpenBook uses a classical design approach by taking special care of all
mechanical parts like the hinge which has wonderful details, thus gives the
laptop a strong and robust sense. The design shows that even in the fast
turning IT industry, not everything must be styled in a short living
The OpenBook is recognized the well thought-off, design-driven forms and use
of materials. The device stands out not just on its innovative values, but
also because of its execution of a universally accepted design standards.
There is a nice balance between the hinge part and main housing that is
further accentuated with the right choice of materials and colors. It also
helps that the open device creates an equally clean visual experience.
Entry: Asus UF735
Category: 04 Peripherals
Company/manufacturer: AsusTek Computer Inc.
Design: AsusTek Computer Inc.
In the saturated picture-frame market it is difficult to stand out from the
crowd without taking away from the main function of the product, i.e.
The UF735 Digital Picture Frame manages to do this by keeping the front of
the product clean and simple while strongly accentuating the back of the
The front bezel uses an aluminum plate with speaker-web so no attention is
drawn away from picture viewing. The back uses a swivel and button
combination that generates a high-tech and high end feeling.
The Asus UF735 is a wonderful, almost poetic picture frame for showing
digital photos with music. The simple and easy to operate interface is self
explanatory and needs no manuals.
Category: 04 Peripherals
Company/manufacturer: AnMo Electronics Corp.
Design: AnMo Electronics Corp.
Dino Lite combines a minimalistic, no-nonsense design approach with exciting
technological innovation. Great human factors make this product a self
explanatory "tool" that shows it's technology and robustness very well.
The Dino-Lite Digital Microscope was awarded as the product portrays a nice
balance between innovation, ergonomics and use of materials.
A metal plated housing is complimented with a large metal scroll wheel,
positioned in the right area, which is as feasible as is accessible.
Combine a well thought-off device layout with multiple application
possibilities in educational, medical and several other fields of industry
and you have a winner.
Entry: Swing Duo
Category: 05 Data Storage Device/Media
Company/manufacturer: Starline International Group Ltd.
Design: Mindsailors, Starline Polska Sp. z o.o.
"Minimize to the Max" is the concept of the "Swing Duo" by combining the
precision of minimal design with the touch of utilitarian ideology. The
design shows the exciting capacity of this flash drive by using the minimal
amount of plastic material.
The Swing Duo USB Flash Drive received extra recognition because the device
manages to be innovative while staying minimalist. The flash drive housing
is also its cover, the hinge provides tactile feedback and can accommodate a
strap. The unit has no loose parts that can be easily misplaced.
For further information, including a list of the winners and image material,
Lily Chu / Laura Fan
Phone: 886.2.2725.5200 Ext.2648
lilychu(a)taitra.org.tw / peifei(a)taitra.org.tw
Joan Wu / Sean Lee
iF, Taiwan Branch
joan.wu(a)ifdesign.tw / sean.lee(a)ifdesign.tw
Taipei, June 4, 2008
Deemed as one of the most successful international events at the 2008 Taipei
Computex show, DRAMeXchange yesterday held its annual conference at the
brand-new Nangang Exhibition Hall. Conference participants, ranging from
leading memory storage to professionals to numerous related industry
experts, came from more than 20 countries.
Three key analysts from the Industry Research Division of DRAMeXchange
discussed the opportunities and challenges of the DRAM and NAND Flash
sectors as well as the current market current trend of China's memory module
Joyce Yang, Vice President of Industry Research Division, indicated that
amid the diminishing presence of the 8-inch fabs, slower expansion of the
12-inch fabs and DRAM makers' reducing capital spending by 37% (YoY), the
overall industry growth rate is expected to reach around 55% - which,
compared to last year's 93%, has substantially declined by 40%. As for the
development in the chip process technology, the mainstream production
process of DDR2 will shift from 70nm 8F2 to 65nm 6F2, and 5Xnm by the end of
this year. Such trend stems from the need to further lower production costs
in gaining a favorable edge in the intense market competition.
On the other hand, Jeff Chen, Senior Analyst of Industry Research noted that
when it comes to getting into the China DRAM module market, channel is the
determining factor, along with strong, resourceful local distributors.
China's market is desirable in the eyes of many major module makers with
stronger spot DRAM modules demand, which is caused by China's shipment ratio
of DT/PC is higher than other major markets. For module makers, the strength
of channel power and lower cost are the two important factors to be
successful in China. Nowadays, the DRAM module primary channels are mainly
in the hands of Chaozhounese in Shenzhen.
Wayne Chen, Director of Industry Research Division, pointed out that as the
infrastructure of global wireless broadband network (3.5-4G & WiMax)
develops, more growth opportunities for portable electronics will appear.
With the global launch of HDTV, the need for higher storage capacity will
subsequently increase. This increases the NAND Flash usage in electronic
storage devices and creates more business opportunities for storage
Separately, six guest speakers also shared their valuable industry
experience and professional viewpoint at the event
Qimonda: Up to 75% of power can be saved by the "right" memory & system
Peter Schaefer, Vice President for Product Line Server of Qimonda AG,
focused on how to achieve power saving and carbon reduction through its
Buried wordline process and chip miniaturization. The goal is to lower the
power usage and increase performance. Based on the power usage of global
PCs, Qimonda's products lowers the voltage from 18v to 1.55 v (a 20%
reduction in power consumption), and through the AMB's control, it can be
lowered by another 10%, thereby reducing the carbon consumption.
SanDisk: SSDs will consume 1/3 of the NAND Flash output in 2012
Doreet Oren, Director Product Marketing of SanDisk Israel, indicated that
SSDs will consume 1/3 of the NAND Flash output in 2012, which is far larger
than all other application products combined. This trend will also bring in
billions of dollars of business opportunities for SSD manufacturers. It is
expected that the storage capacity of SSDs can reach 256GB in 2010 and hence
emerge as the mainstream data storage device in the near future.
Silicon Motion: SSD won't become mainstream applications without using MLC
World's largest NAND flash controller provider, Silicon Motion Technology's
C.E.O., Wallace Kou, noted SLC cost is about 2X that of MLC chips with the
same density. SSD won't become the mainstream application if MLC NAND is not
used. Thus, development of SSD's MLC NAND Flash is a key factor for cost
reduction. However, MLC SSD faces major application problems and in order to
improve their inherent limitations, it is important to rely on the
controller to increase the speed, stability and the number of read/write
times. Currently, controller manufacturers use bad block management, error
correcting code and wear leveling to enhance the life of MLC chip in SSDs.
ASUSTek: 1 billion low-priced PCs with SSD storage in the market, and
possibly up to 5 billion units in 2011
Samson Hu, General Manager of EPC Business Unit of ASUSTek, indicated that
numerous industry professionals feel optimistic about the SSD application in
PC after ASUSTek launched its Eee PC during 4Q07, which used 4GB/8GB SSDs.
Major PC manufacturers also launched similar products during 2Q08 after the
success of ASUSTek's Eee PC launch. Currently, there are about 1 billion
low-priced PCs with SSD storage application in the market, and possibly up
to 5 billion units in 2011.
Hitachi GST: As storage capacity will continue to expand, reasonable price
advantage will create business opportunities for HDD makers
Mr. Robert Chu, Vice President of the Asia-Pacific region of Hitachi Global
Storage Technology, pointed out that the current applications of HDD in the
IT industry are for enterprises, NB PC and DTPC. For the consumer
electronics, there are home/personal data storage, DVR, MP3/PMP, game
machines, and automation equipment. HDD enjoys the advantage of featuring a
higher storage capacity, bit cost and performance. As capacity demand of new
applications increases, storage capacity will continue to expand. As a
result, the bigger storage capacity and reasonable price advantage will
create new business opportunities for HDD makers.
Seagate: HDD is seen as the leading device for explosion of storage in the
According to Seagate's Executive Director of Korea/Taiwan, Brian Wickman,
HDD manufactures focused on the exploding demand for enterprise HDD market
in the past few years. From now on, amid the arrival of the
Broadband/Internet era, HDD is seen as the leading device for the storage of
the enormous amount of information transferred through the network for the
consumer market. Wickman forecasted that scale of global storage will reach
374 Exabytes in 2012 with an average home storage of 185 Exabytes.
Meanwhile, Seagate will introduce its first SSD storage and 2T-byte hard
drive next year. The company's first SSD product will be targeted at
enterprises that need speedy storage and can afford to pay a premium price.
Ms. Lilia Huang
Tel: +886-2-7702-6888 ext.680
Mr. Angus Hsu
Tel: +886-2-7702-6888 ext.690
DRAMeXchange is a global leading provider of market intelligence, in-depth
analysis reports and consultant services on major electronics components.
Our company consists of 3 major research divisions - DRAMeXchange, WitsView
and LEDinside, which cover the DRAM, NAND Flash, PC and display research
sectors. You can learn more about DRAMeXchange by visiting
www.dramexchange.com. In the year 2000, the company started to deliver
market intelligence services under the name of DRAMeXchange technology. This
included the current business environment, real-time spot trading prices,
market trends, capital spending and wafer capacity trends, the impact of
DRAM/flash memory products on the market, and other relevant PC industry
LEDinside is a subsidiary division of DRAMeXchange Tech Inc. LEDinside
provides LED (light-emitting diode) research to users. LEDinside covers the
technology development, market trend, and financial information of the LED
industry both on a global and regional basis.
e21FORUM 2008 leads WiMAX tendency in COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008
Taipei, Taiwan, June 3 2008
As the most expected industry forum during COMPUTEX Taipei, e21FORUM 2008
announces to be kicked off on June 3rd, inviting Sean Maloney, Intel
Executive Vice President, General Manager of Sales and Marketing Group and
Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, and Steven Guggenheimer, Microsoft
Corporate Vice President of OEM, to introduce the latest technology of IT
industry. Meanwhile, Global Mobile Corp. CEO Rosemary Ho and speakers from
Market Intelligence center (MIC) and other WiMAX operators join the panel
discussion to dig out the future development and application of WiMAX.
Gathering with business executives from leading IT giants, e21ORUM 2008 is
open for all IT elites and prepares a tremendous technical forum with
various incentive programs, on the first day of COMPUTEX TAIPEI.
It is the 9th year since e21FORUM first debuted in 2000. Organized by Taiwan
External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taipei Computer Association
(TCA), e21FORUM invites opinion leaders in IT industry to unveil the most
advanced techniques and products. With comprehensive and in-depth analysis
of global business and IT trends, the keynote topics in the forum, from
Business Index of Global Digital Economy in 2001 to Digital Innovation & New
Generation in 2007, have become one of the important benchmarks during
COMPUTEX Taipei to IT decision makers and developers for deployment of
further business strategies, also drawing over 3000 global and domestic IT
elites to attend the event.
The theme "Leading to a Bright Future with Technology" in 2008 interprets
that IT innovation will definitely drive the development trends instead of
being limited by it, creating a better future for human beings with high
growth rate of geometric progression. WiMAX stands as one of the best
examples for this, which has been initiating a big picture for transmission
and receipt of information and TV broadcasting, providing instant video
images everywhere in a speedy and convenient way without time equation.
Titled as "WiMAX - Drive Your Business, Brighten Our Future", the Penal
Discussion, hosted by DIGITIMES President & CEO Colley Chin-Yeong Hwang with
speakers Global Mobile Corp. CEO Rosemary Ho, and executive from Market
Information Center (MIC), aims at WiMAX business eco system and analyzes how
WiMAX can bridges Taiwan to worldwide IT market and acts as one of the
industry leaders, which surely will boost another climax in the forum.
Technology development realized our dreams in the past and constantly keeps
changing our life styles. The WiMAX even creates a world of high mobility
without distance. e21FORUM 2008 guides you to the most up-to-date IT trends
and technology in COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008.
e21FORUM 2008 - Leading to a Bright Future with Technology
*Date: June 3rd 2008 (Tuesday) 13:20 - 17:00
*Venue: 3F, Plenary Hall, Taipei International Convention Center (TICC,
No.1, Hsin-Yi Rd., Sec. 5, Taipei, Taiwan ROC)
e21MagicMedia Daniel Chien / Bigi Yeh
+886-2-2516-1255 ext 179 / 138
+886-939-916-586 / +886-928-125-960
daniel.chien(a)e21mm.com / bigi.yeh(a)e21mm.com