COM­PU­TEX TAIPEI 2015 event kicks off to­day

The China Post - - LOCAL - BY JOHN LIU

Asia’s largest in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy show COM­PU­TEX TAIPEI 2015 kicks off to­day at the Taipei World Trade Cen­ter, fea­tur­ing the In­ter­net of Things (IoT), mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tions and cloud tech­nol­ogy as the themes of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Up to 1,702 ex­hibitors from 21 coun­tries around the world will show­case their prod­ucts and ser­vices in 5,072 booths. Event spon­sors ex­pect that more than 38,000 peo­ple will visit the event, which runs June 2 through June 5.

Many com­pa­nies are mak­ing their first ap­pear­ances at COM­PU­TEX, in­clud­ing Bri­tish semi­con­duc­tor com­pany ARM, Ja­panese telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pany NTT, Chi­nese con­sumer elec­tron­ics com­pany Haier and lo­cal semi­con­duc­tor com­pany ASE Group ( ).

Event or­ga­niz­ers Tai­wan Ex­ter­nal Trade Devel­op­ment Coun­cil ( TAITRA, ) and Taipei Com­puter As­so­ci­a­tion (TCA,

) are open­ing two new ex­hi­bi­tion ar­eas this year — Wear­able Tech­nol­ogy and 3D Busi­ness & Ap­pli­ca­tions. There are a to­tal of 18 ex­hi­bi­tion ar­eas.

The Boom­ing IoT In­dus­try

Ac­cord­ing to re­search com­pany Gart­ner, more than US$1.9 tril­lion will be spent on the boom­ing IoT in­dus­try, mak­ing avail­able 25 bil­lion IoT de­vices by 2020. COM­PU­TEX is rid­ing on this new trend, as over 700 ex­hibitors will be pre­sent­ing IoT-re­lated tech­nolo­gies.

IoT ap­pli­ca­tions that will be pre­sented at the ex­hi­bi­tion in­clude hand­held and wear­able de­vices, wire­less trans­mis­sion, cloud tech­nol­ogy, smart living and the In­ter­net of Ve­hi­cles.

The devel­op­ment of the IoT is also fu­el­ing the de­mand for in­te­grated cir­cuits, known as “the heart of IoT.” This year, COM­PU­TEX in­vited global semi­con­duc­tor com­pa­nies in­clud­ing In­tel, Me­di­aTek ( ), Broad­com, Nvidia and NXP, es­sen­tially mak­ing it “the gath­er­ing place for chips,” said TAITRA Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Wal­ter Yeh ( ).

Chang Li ( ), TCA deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral, said given Tai­wanese firms’ com­pet­i­tive­ness and broad reach, they are re­garded as ideal part­ners for global play­ers pur­su­ing IoT tech­nolo­gies.

Win­ners of COM­PU­TEX d&i

Awards

Vis­i­tors will see three con­cept pavil­ions at COM­PU­TEX this year — New X Pos­si­bil­i­ties, Tai­wan Cloud EXPO and Meet the Fu­ture. Smart living, smart trans­porta­tion and se­cure pay­ment will be fea­tured at New X Pos­si­bil­i­ties, while best start-up in­no­va­tions for smart home and smart mo­bil­ity will be pre­sented at Meet the Fu­ture.

In the pre-show press con­fer­ence held yes­ter­day, 72 prod­ucts were rec­og­nized in the COM­PU­TEX d&i awards cer­e­mony for their high de­gree of in­no­va­tion and ex­cep­tional de­sign. Up to 271 en­tries from 118 com­pa­nies were in the con­test.

Ralph Wieg­mann, man­ag­ing direc­tor of iF In­ter­na­tional Fo­rum De­sign, was at the press con­fer­ence to present awards to some of the win­ners. iF’s judges in­vested great ef­fort to de­cide the win­ners and Wieg­mann took the op­por­tu­nity to ex­press his ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

The win­ners in­cluded Dell and Philips, who en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion for the first time this year, and HTC ( ), Acer ( ), Asus (

), AIPTEK ( ) and GI­GA­BYTE ( ). Lap­tops, head­sets, smartphones, and mon­i­tors were among the awarded prod­ucts.

The Open­ing Cer­e­mony

At to­day’s COM­PU­TEX TAIPEI 2015 open­ing cer­e­mony, Pres­i­dent Ma Ying- jeou, Vice Eco­nomics Min­is­ter Cho Shih-chao ( ), TAITRA Chair­man Fran­cis Liang ( ) and TCA Pres­i­dent Tung Tsu-hsien ( ) will at­tend the event to give open­ing re­mark.

Charles H. Rivkin, U.S. As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary of State for Eco­nomic and Busi­ness Af­fairs, is also sched­uled to give a short ad­dress to­day.

Win­ners of two top hon­ors — the COM­PU­TEX in­no­va­tion and de­sign gold award, and COM­PU­TEX d&i awards’ Best Choice Award — will be an­nounced to­day and awarded by Pres­i­dent Ma at the cer­e­mony.

Fo­rum Se­ries at COM­PU­TEX

A fo­rum se­ries will also be held at COM­PU­TEX. The Wear­able Tech­nol­ogy Fo­rum and the Smart City Fo­rum take place to­day. The Sum­mit Fo­rum and the Cloud Se­cu­rity Fo­rum are sched­uled for to­mor­row.

The topic of the Sum­mit Fo­rum is “com­put­ing with­out pa­ram­e­ters: IoT and the cloud soft­ware to hard­ware — the next step.” High­pro­file speak­ers in the in­dus­try such as Acer founder Stan Shih (

), Me­di­aTek CMO Jo­han Lo­de­nius and ARM CMO Ian Drew will pro­vide key­note speeches.

Ex­ec­u­tives from Ford, IBM, In­tel, Qual­comm, Sam­sung, SAP and more, will pro­vide their in­sights in the other three in­dus­try fo­rums. Sam­sung is dis­patch­ing its rank­ing of­fi­cer to the fo­rum for the very first time, ac­cord­ing to TAITRA.

In ad­di­tion, In­tel and Mi­crosoft will hold fo­rums at the ex­hi­bi­tion. The for­mer is ex­pected to present its Broad­well pro­ces­sors and a mes­sage re­lat­ing to its Sky­lake plat­form. The lat­ter may show­case Win­dows 10 and its in­te­gra­tion with var­i­ous de­vices.

Pro­cure­ment Meet­ings

Pro­cure­ment meet­ings are an­other big draw for the five­day event. Hun­dreds of in­ter­na­tional buy­ers will par­tic­i­pate in 2,200- plus 1- on- 1 pro­cure­ment ses­sions, which is more than dou- ble the num­ber last year.

There are buy­ers hail­ing from main­land China, Hong Kong, Ro­ma­nia, Viet­nam, Nige­ria and Ban- gladesh. Elec­tron­ics chains and deal­ers such as Best Buy, STA­PLES and Toshiba are among the buy­ers.

Mor­gan Lin, The China Post

1. iF In­ter­na­tional Fo­rum De­sign Man­ag­ing Direc­tor Ralph Wieg­mann, third left, poses for a photo with win­ners of the COM­PU­TEX d&i awards at the COM­PU­TEX TAIPEI pre-show press con­fer­ence, yes­ter­day. 2. Ralph Wieg­mann speaks at the COM­PU­TEX TAIPEI press con­fer­ence, yes­ter­day. Wieg­mann said it was not easy for the judges to fig­ure out the win­ners. 3. Tai­wan Ex­ter­nal Trade Devel­op­ment Coun­cil Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent Wal­ter Yeh ( ) speaks in Taipei, yes­ter­day. Yeh said the In­ter­net of Things is a ma­jor theme of this year’s ex­hi­bi­tion. 4. Chang Li ( ), Taipei Com­puter As­so­ci­a­tion deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral, speaks at the press con­fer­ence, yes­ter­day. Li stressed that Tai­wanese firms, with their broad reach and com­pet­i­tive­ness, are ideal part­ners for global play­ers pur­su­ing IoT tech­nolo­gies.

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