THE ANNUAL international ICT trade show, Computex Taipei, will unfold on June 2-6, attracting Asia's leaders in information and communication technologies (ICT)
This year, 1702 overseas and domestic vendors will be spread out across Taipei's TWTC Exhibition Halls 1 and 3, the Nangang Exhibition Hall, and TICC.
This year’s vendors feature an impressive array of industry titans, which include Acer, Asus, BenQ, Broadcom, Delta, Gigabyte, Hisense, Intel, MediaTek, Microsoft, MiTAC, MSI, NVIDIA, SanDisk, Supermicro, TP-Link, and Transcend, as well as first-time exhibitors ARM, ASE Group, NTT, (Fujitsu subsidiary ) SOCIONEXT, Cypress Semiconductor, Haier, and Canon Korea.
Overseas exhibitors account for about 30 percent of all exhibitors and hail predominantly from China, the United States, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and the Netherlands.
Following the explosions of wearables onto the tech scene in 2014, this year’s Computex is presenting a Wearable Technology section. With the rising trend of large screen smartphones, portability and ease of operation have also emerged as important issues and an area for developing wearables.
As mobile devices evolve from handheld to greater portability, wearability will continue to be an area of focus for the ICT industry. The Wearable Technology area comprises 34 individual exhibitors that include Gajah Technology, Brinno Inc, Chipsip, and GlobalSat, featuring products like smart glasses, watches, and apparel and electronic paper.
Another new area at Computex is 3D Business and Applications, with major exhibitors XYZPrinting, FLUX 3D Printing, Cinaflex International, Etron Technology, and SKY-TECH Taiwan unveiling their latest 3D printers, printing supplies, and peripherals. International technology research firm Gartner projects 3D printing as one of 2015’s top 10 strategic technologies—with visible industrial, architectural, medical, and consumer applications—and that the global 3D printing shipments for the year will increase by 98 percent and double in 2016.
European top three semiconductor manufacturer and the global market leader in NFC chips, NXP will also be setting up New X Possibilities, where visitors can experience NFC applications and interact with secure network devices centering around Simple Transportation, Secure Payment, and Smart Lifestyle.
The Computex d&i awards, a collaboration between TAITRA and the German iF International Forum Design GmbH since 2008, now enters its eighth year. This year features 271 entries from 118 companies from all over the world, including many startups with fresh innovations. The number of entrants is evidence of the d&i awards’ standing in the ICT industry.
The international panel from iF chose 72 winning designs, which include smart phones from HTC and ASUS and designs from first-time entrant Dell and returning participant, Philips. The winning designs will be on display at the Computex d&i awards booth, where visitors can experience these products firsthand.
This year’s Computex Taipei promises a lot of the new, whether it’s new trends, new designs, or new companies — earning Computex Taipei a high reputation as a venue for developing ICT business.
TAITRA successfully held an innovation forum in 2014 to promote Taiwanese startups, supported by Taiwan’s Bureau of Foreign Trade under the Ministry of Economic Affairs, and this year, has dedicated Exhibition Hall 3 to the efforts of Taiwanese startups in Smart Life, the Internet of Things, Wearable Technology, and Intelligent Vehicle Systems. Exhibitors in this hall include GAIUS, Bomdic, Aidmics Biotechnology, Zillians, HERE, Maktar, Ufro, Linknext, and Adenovo.