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Fortified show features new components

Posted: 01 Sep 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Taiwan? semiconductor industry? IIC-Taiwan? HDMI?

Shifting its focus from manufacturing to design, Taiwan's electronic industry is getting a shot in the arm with a bigger, modified show, as the International IC-Taiwan Conference and Exhibition (IIC-Taiwan) features the Components Zone.

IIC-Taiwan is the expanded and relaunched Embedded Systems Conference-Taiwan (ESC-Taiwan) and EDA & Test-Taiwan Conference & Exhibition (EDA&T-Taiwan). It aims to inform engineers and procurement managers about the latest passive, optical and electromechanical technologies from component manufacturers in Asia Pacific.

Resilient industries
"Taiwan's semiconductor industry outperformed the global market and grew 25 percent to $43 billion in 2006, accounting for 37 percent of Asia's semiconductor revenue," Mark Saunderson, president of the electronics business unit of the IIC-Taiwan organizer Global Sources, shared. "Technology companies are competing to capitalize on the opportunity offered by this dynamic market."

Hence, the beefed-up trade show will feature the Components Zone that will primarily cater to Taiwan's computer, communications and CE industries. The zone will provide access to suppliers of PCB connectors, switching power supplies, HDMI cable assemblies, and memory card and RF connectors. "The quality of the components made in the Greater China region has continued to impress the world," said Bennie Hui, group associate publisher of eMedia Asia Ltd.

Taiwan has been enjoying a resilient IC industry despite downturn trends in other parts of the world. According to Taiwan Semiconductor Industry Association (TSIA), design companies in Taiwan enjoyed revenue growth in Q2 07 despite the off-peak season of the computing and CE areas. Moreover, revenue of mobile handset ICs doubled during that time because of the strong demand for multimedia handsets in emerging markets. New product releases and successful mass production have also contributed to the revenue growth of consumer and analog ICs.

Eye on procurement
To further strengthen Taiwan's IC industry, design engineers and managers must pay attention to procurement and manufacturing in the product development cycle. "There is a need for quality components in bulk that complement built-in new IC technologies. And we have the supplier base that enables this," Saunderson said.

As IIC-Taiwan will be a venue for technology leaders, industry visionaries and design innovators to exchange ideas, expertise and technologies, the IC industry will benefit globally.

Into the limelight
The Components Zone will showcase an abundance of new technologies from a variety of exhibitors. Catering to different applications such as notebook computers, cellphones, PDAs, digital cameras, headphones and automotive systems, the zone will feature the latest IC and passive component technologies such as resistors, capacitors, inductors, diodes, bridge rectifiers, cables, line cards, transistors and crystal oscillators. And as Taiwan hops on the car electronics bandwagon, the need for related components arises. The Components Zone will feature, among other products, cable glands for hybrid car chargers and converters.

"The Components Zone provides a platform for local component makers to step into the limelight and showcase their innovation to visitors," Hui added.

- EE Times-Asia

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