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Multimedia exhibit opens


Digital devices are expected to get the most attention from visitors to this year's Taipei Computer, Enter-tainment and Multimedia Show, with all the latest and hottest products making their debut at the four-day fair which opened its doors yesterday.

"The show mainly highlights digital technology, such as digital cameras with a resolution of at least 4 million pixels," said James Parng (龐維良), the event's organizer.

A new multifunctional set-top box, the Digital Family Center (DFC), is making its first appearance at the show. Consumers can use the device to watch TV shows, receive e-mail and make phone calls on the Internet.

The DFC was developed by Zinwell Corp (兆赫電子) and Seednet (數位聯合), the nation's biggest private Internet service provider.

DFC gives users an extra 800 channels supported by asymmetrical digital subscriber line (ADSL) technology, without sacrificing the original analog channels, Parng said.

It also provides a videophone service over the Internet. Users will be able to enjoy cheaper rates for overseas calls.

The exhibition also showcases computer companies' latest notebooks with functions such as TV tuners and built-in CD burners.

While computer vendors are offering discounts on notebooks, the markdown range is limited.

"The average price will be down 20 percent to 30 percent at the exhibition," Parng said.

One computer salesperson, surnamed Lee said that, since most of the notebooks on show are new models, not much of a discount will be offered.

"If the price is too low, the company might provide some accessories of inferior quality, and it could lead to a lot of trouble maintaining your notebook," Lee said.

The show this year features more than 125 exhibitors filling 500 booths and Parng said more than 250,000 visitors are expected.

The exhibition is at the Taipei World Trade Center's exhibition hall until Monday. Doors open at 10am and close at 6pm. Visitors who arrive before 2pm can take part in a lottery draw, as well as winning discount on equipment or computers.

The entrance fee is NT$150.

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