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Hi-Tech race builds up at IIC-China opening

Posted: 06 Apr 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:embedded systems? networking? audio? video systems? power management?

The opening of Global Sources' 10th Annual International IC-China Conference and Exhibition (IIC-China) and Embedded Systems Conference-China (ESC-China) was a blast with more than 700 booths, up by 64 percent compared from 2004. Major electronics players Renesas Technology Corp., Micrel Semiconductor, Intersil Corp., Freescale Semiconductor Inc. and Memec rushed to the China Hi-Tech Fair Exhibition Center at Futian Central District Shenzhen in China.

In welcoming guests and conference delegates, Mark Saunderson, president of Global Sources' Electronics Business Unit, said, "Since 1996, IIC-China has showcased some of the hottest IC applications, embedded systems and electronic design automation (EDA) technologies available. More than 170 global electronics companies are participating, an increase of 44 percent from 2004. Some of the world's largest IC vendors are taking part in IIC-China 2005 and its co-located Embedded Systems Conference-China (ESC-China), including Analog Devices, Freescale, Infineon, Intel, Philips, Renesas, Samsung, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments and Toshiba. Other key exhibitors include Fairchaild Semiconductor, International Rectifier and Sharp."

Record attendance
The remarkable result of IIC's first day only shows that China appears to be moving up the value chain. The world's top electronics companies are heading to China, which is positioning the country not only as a manufacturer but also increasingly as a center for research and development (R&D).

Saunderson added, "As the only specialized design event in China, IIC-China attracts thousands of design engineers, engineering managers and procurement executives. Visitor numbers have grown by more than 54 percent since 2000, exceeding 22,000 in 2004."

The hefty number of Chinese engineers that showed up today, signals a thirst for hi-tech knowledge and components in the region. The increasing demand for next-generation products stir up engineers to innovate more advanced technologies that meet global standards.

Industry experts lead conference sessions
Today, the conference program provided Chinese engineers with the opportunity to learn about the new design issues and solutions. In the handheld devices conference session, specialists from Texas Instruments, Freescale and other innovation leaders discussed topics ranging from class-D amplifier usage to cellphone power management. Other sessions focused on embedded systems, audio/video systems and networking.

The tech fair in Shenzhen will run until April 5. The next stop is scheduled in Beijing at the Kerry Center on April 8 and 9, and then in Shanghai on April 12 to 14 in conjunction with Global Sources' China Souring Fair: Electronics & Components.

Saunderson stated, "Global Sources is committed to serving China's electronics industry from design to export. IIC-China's co-location with the China Sourcing Fair underscores this relationship. For the first time, we are bringing together technology providers with the manufacturers who apply that technology in consumer electronics, as well as global export buyersall in one place."

Kathryn S. Gerardino
Electronics Engineering Times- Asia




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