One of Asia's biggest IT trade fairs starts in Taipei with the major focus being on low-priced notebook computers and an advanced broadband Internet mobile technology. This five day event will showcase new netbook models which is relatively lower in price than laptop and is designed for wireless communication and web access. Weighing less than 2.2 pounds and with a cost of 250 US dollars Taiwanese makers are boasting of these netbooks in this phase of economic downturn.
The worldwide demand for netbooks is expected to more than double this year to 32 million units from 13 million units last year. The next attraction in this fair is a cutting-edge technology called WiMAX -- Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access. This technology will in future prove more beneficial as the consumers will be able to call, play on-line games, receive long-distance medical diagnosis, surf the Internet and watch high-quality television while on the move. This event is expected to attract more than 1,700 exhibitors and 100,000 visitors, including 35,000 international buyers.