Thin was undoubtedly in at Computex this year as liquid crystal display (LCD) screens stole the show.
If LCD monitor sales surpassed their CRT counterparts for the first time in the final quarter of 2003, the aisles at this year’s second largest IT trade show suggested they will soon leave them eating dust.
And although size matters, models at both ends of the spectrum were attracting significant attention.
Displays featured everything from monster LCD TVs at one end of the scale to the minute Sampo PXD1 at the other. This portable media player features a 3.5-inch TFT LCD and can be used as an MP3 player, an MPEG4 video player, a TV/DVD/VCD video recorder and a photo viewer.
It also has USB 2.0 connectivity crammed in there somewhere.
A new hall at Computex 2004 consisted of seven themed pavilions — including high-speed connectivity, security, open source software and the digital home — but it was dominated by seemingly endless rows of LCD screens.
And it seems everybody is getting in on the act. Motorola, a mobile phone vendor to date as far as the Australian market is concerned, had a large range of LCDs on show including everything from kitchen televisions to a very cool portable DVD player (DP-M07).
Reflecting the tentatively upbeat mood in the industry at the moment, Computex organisers — the Taiwan External Trade Development Council and the Taipei Computer Association — estimated 25,000 international buyers and more than 80,000 visitors would attend the five-day show this year.
Exhibitor numbers were up eight per cent on last year at 1347, total booths rose by 17 per cent to 2828 and the addition of a new hall added a further 7370sqm of floor space.