Computex is one of the largest IT trade shows in the world. This year they had over 1,300 exhibitors, up 16% from last year. They've just handed out their best of show awards and the Acer Ferrari 3200 and Asus W1N took top honors in the notebook category.
This week is the annual Computex Taipei computer show in Taiwan. Many notebook makers are displaying their latest products, and companies such as Asus, Acer and Elitegroup are demoing notebooks that are designed to be used in the living room as consumer electronics hi-fi products.
Asustek has jumped ahead of Gateway computers to become the #10 company for shipment of notebooks in the world and Acer leaps over Fujitsu to become the #5 maker of notebook sales. Fujitsu is now #6 and Gateway #11. Acer has announced it will assault the U.S. market this year in an effort to climb over IBM and gain #3 spot for notebooks shipped.
Notebook computers with 64-bit processors could become mainstream within one or two years, ushering the industry into a new era and heralding a new battle among leading notebook vendors, according to sources at Taiwanese notebook makers. Acer will soon release the Aspire 1500 in Europe and HP and Asustek will follow in the next few months with their own AMD Athlon 64 processor based notebooks.
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