Computex 2019, as one of the world’s most important bridges connecting different parts of the global ICT ecosystem, opens in Taipei on May 28, with the edition this year focusing on the latest tech trends such as AI, IoT, 5G, blockchain, innovations, startups, gaming and XR.
This year, Computex combines artificial intelligence and Internet of Things (AI & IoT) across multiple exhibition areas such as “Systems and Solutions,” “Industrial Internet of Things and Embedded Solutions,” “SmarTEX,” and “InnoVEX,” displaying solutions ranging from smart homes, smart transportation, wearables, and health technology.
The 2019 show, which runs till June 1, features 1,685 exhibitors using 5,508 exhibition booths, growing 5.1% and 9.8%, respectively, from last year, according to the organizer Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA).
An extra venue
The TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall 2 (TaiNEX 2) will be used for the first time this year, showcasing IoT, communication, 5G related products, and the future lifestyle of all things connected. After integrating VR (virtual reality), AR (augmented reality) and XR (extended reality) into Computex, according to the organizer, nearly 100 domestic and international manufacturers will present the latest e-sports developments and products, laying the foundation for Taiwan to become one the most important part of the global e-sports ecosystem.
The TWTC Exhibition Hall 1, which has been one of the major sites for Computex, will be dedicated this year to presenting InnoVEX, a major startup showcase in Asia that has entered its fourth year.
This year, InnoVEX will feature 402 startups from around the world. Among them, startups from Poland, Hong Kong, Hungary, and Brazil will form national/regional pavilions. They are joining 11 other national pavilions including the Netherlands, France and South Korea.
Senior executives from global tech giants such as AMD, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Nvidia, and Qualcomm will talk about technological innovations and analyze the latest industry trends and development strategies at Computex.
Heavyweight speakers include AMD president and CEO Lisa Su, who already delivered a keynote on May 27, announcing the company’s new products, including the new Zen 2 core, the 3rd Gen Ryzen desktop processor family, the X570 chipset for socket AM4, RDNA gaming architecture, and the 7nm Radeon RX 5700-series gaming graphics card family.
The Computex opening keynote will be delivered on the first day of the annual tradeshow by Gregory Bryant, Intel’s senior vice president and general manager of the Client Computing Group.
The Microsoft Keynote Forum takes place on the second day of the exhibition.
For the first time, TAITRA cooperates with the Ministry of Economic Affairs 5G Technology Program Office to organize the 6th Taipei 5G Summit. Experts from telecom manufacturer Ericsson, chip manufacturer Qualcomm, Asia Pacific Telecom, and Quanta will discuss how to integrate 5G with emerging IT technology to create a market of innovative applications and business models after the commercialization of 5G.
Based on the theme of “Pervasive Intelligence,” the 2019 Computex Forum will feature speakers from firms such as IBM, Intel, Micron, Nvidia, SAP and Siemens to discuss in three sessions: “Disruptive Trends Session,” “AI Session,” and “AIoT Session.”
The first session on May 28 will feature speakers from IBM, Qualcomm and AWS discussing trends such as quantum computing, blockchain applications, immersive experiences, digital twins, and autonomous cars.
The second session on May 29 will see speakers from Arm, Nvidia, Siemens, Micron, Alibaba Cloud and Google share their insights in various AI applications and how AI is gradually changing everyone’s daily life.
The third session, also on May 29, will focus on AIoT, an advanced application that integrates two major technologies, AI and IoT. Speakers from Intel, Trend Micro, NXP, Advantech and Supermicro will show how AIoT is driving innovation and development in areas such as semiconductor, smart transportation, smart healthcare and smart cities.
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