TAIPEI Day two at Computex was a slow starter. 'My destination, the Taiwan International Convention Center (TICC), was filled with mice, keyboards, cable assemblies and all kinds of standard components. '
Finding unique solutions was going to be hard, and I wanted to attend press conferences at AMD and Intel in separate locations away from the TICC.
A quick run through the show guide indicated more than a third of the floor space in the TICC was dedicated to WiMax. 'The only time I ever hear about WiMax is when I am in Taiwan. 'It continues to amaze me how infatuated Taiwan is with this technology.
After all, Taiwan is the most commercial, capitalistic place I have ever been to, so the logic behind allocating so much space, energy and creativity building products for such a limited market escapes me. 'I have yet to find anyone who has a WiMax communications adapter in their PC.
Unfortunately, my tour of Hall 1 did not yield any nuggets, so I headed to the AMD press event. My first impression was AMD has morphed into a fabless graphics company which also sells x86-based CPUs. 'The ATI brand remains highly visible and many top positions in the marketing ranks are now filled by staff from the ATI acquisition. '
A layman would not easily digest the specifics of the technical advances in graphics AMD described at its event, but you could see the differences readily in before and after video clips. Interestingly, in a Q&A session people asked GlobalFoundries--AMD's new fab spin out company-- if it was going to be able to compete with TSMC for making AMD's future graphics chips. No one asked TSMC if they were interested in competing for AMD's CPU business.