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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.
From its unglamorous beginning as a peripherals manufacturer, Taiwanese company BenQ is working methodically toward becoming a worldwide electronics giant.
September 26, 2003
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
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
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
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


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 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


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


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


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

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


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

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