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CeBIT 2003. Just Another Annual Show or Hi-Tech Showcase for Professionals?

Many of our readers were probably staying tuned with our news from CeBIT 2003. But it wasn't possible to cover all even only hottest news. One of my colleagues there said that it was a too big showcase for such a small town. This is so indeed. Hannover is a rather small town and unable to house all people willing to take part in this event. Some of my friends had to get there from Hamburg every day which is located 130 km away. In this article you can read the news we have already covered before and a lot of new interesting things left aside in those hot and mad days. 

I hope this review will give you a thorough idea of what happened at CeBIT if you had no opportunity to look through our daily news. But even if you kept track of them, you will find a lot of other curious information. 

Hewlett Packard: report from the press conference and new solutions displayed at the company's booth

ATI Technologies: ATI discloses MOBILITY RADEON 9600 and 7000 IGP

Gigabyte Technology: ATI's strategic partner and a new conception of SEED

Intel: Inception of the epoch of new mobile platform Intel Centrino

ASUSTeK Computer Inc.: Intel Centrino based notebook line and company's new fields of application

iRiver: Catch the Digital Flow!

Minolta: Dimage Xt, Dimage F200 and F300

VIA Technologies, Inc.: Mark CoreFusion project and VIA C3 Antaur mobile processor

A bit of statistics on the showcase: 

As I mentioned last year, the booths are getting less in number. This year the showcase shrank even more. The number of exhibitors fell by 11% and amounted to 6526 companies. In 2002 there was 7962 firms against 8093 in 2001. The exhibition area has reduced by over 12%. According to Deutsche Messe AG, it attracted less visitors by 10%. Nevertheless, the number of foreigners has grown by 3% and resulted to 27%. 

In my opinion, the display is getting more professional. People come to CeBIT to find new business partners instead of enjoying a colorful show. Is that good or bad? I guess, it's good. If the IT industry doesn't move ahead, users would hardly get any fascinating events which are usually followed by development of new solutions and technologies. 

Alexander Vorobiev  (vorobiev@ixbt.com

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