While some vendors elect to have a lower, boothless profile at Comdex this week, in many cases, their presence will be felt anyway. IBM, for example, is likely to attract a steady stream of visitors to its own private hotel-suite version of Comdex. For anyone eager to get a sneak peek at the computer giant's forthcoming eight-way Pentium II Xeon Netfinity server, the nearby Marriott hotel is the place to go.
Compaq President and CEO Eckhard Pfeiffer, meanwhile, will be one of the keynote speakers on the show's opening day, laying out his vision of where computing is going.
The largest corporate system vendor participating with a more traditional booth is Hewlett-Packard. During the show, HP is expected to announce details about future plans for its Brio and Vectra series of corporate desktop PCs.
In addition, Intel CEO Craig Barrett will also try to break the mould in trade show keynote addresses. Instead of a traditional speech he'll take part in a stage version - titled "Technically Incorrect" - of US television broadcaster ABC's "Politically Incorrect" talk show.