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Chips rule at Taiwan show

Postponed by the SARS outbreak earlier this year, Computex finally gets under way in Taipei with chipmakers taking center stage. Also: Motherboards get small, and a gadget maker on the go.

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roundup Postponed by the SARS outbreak earlier this year, the Computex trade show finally gets under way in Taipei with chipmakers taking center stage. Nvidia makes a move toward handhelds; TI talks wireless; and Intel voices optimism. Also: Motherboards get small, and a gadget maker on the go. Gadget maker aims for global reign
From its unglamorous beginning as a peripherals manufacturer, Taiwanese company BenQ is working methodically toward becoming a worldwide electronics giant.
September 26, 2003 Taiwan surges into LCD TVs
Some of the country's manufacturers are accelerating efforts to build televisions using LCD screens. "Digital TVs will be larger than our notebook business," one executive says.
September 26, 2003 Motherboard makers think shrink
In an attempt to move into new product niches, several motherboard makers here have begun releasing or developing products significantly smaller than today's norm.
September 25, 2003 Computex unshaken by SARS
The big Taiwanese show was delayed three months from its usual June time slot by the arrival of severe acute respiratory syndrome. Even so, attendance is up.
September 23, 2003 Acer foresees boom in laptop sales
The PC maker says notebook shipments will rise as much as 40 percent in the fourth quarter, with similar growth next year. Behind Acer's growth: Intel's Centrino technology.
September 24, 2003

Nvidia jumps into handheld market
The company begins a push to become as powerful in graphics chips for handheld devices as it is in the desktop market. It also unveils a chipset to support AMD's new Athlon 64.
September 23, 2003

Via chips in on AMD plan
Via Technologies announces a chipset that uses Advanced Micro Devices' new Athlon 64 processor, becoming the latest company to back the controversial chip.
September 23, 2003

TI to boost wireless tech in Taiwan
Texas Instruments will try to win the attention of Taiwanese hardware designers by opening a center in Taiwan in 2003 to show off the company's wireless wares.
September 22, 2003

Chip giant SiS backs Athlon 64
Taiwan-based Silicon Integrated Systems smoothes the way for computer makers to support AMD's upcoming Athlon 64 with two chipsets tailored to the processor.
September 22, 2003

Intel: Happy days will come again
It's been a tough haul for the tech industry, but the good times will return, according to an Intel executive speaking at the Computex trade show, which has seen its own share of difficulty.
September 22, 2003

previous coverage
Taiwan trade show suffers SARS delay
Computex Taipei, which had been expected to draw more than 20,000 foreign visitors, slips to the second half of the year because of the SARS outbreak.
April 30, 2003

Taiwan dreads Computex ghost town
Fears of empty halls at Computex Taipei due to the SARS outbreak have prompted the city's mayor to send out 200,000 letters of reassurance to overseas buyers.
April 25, 2003