The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA,
The five Gold Award winners included Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp (
"A notable theme among this year's Gold Award winners is how closely the products touch the everyday lives of consumers," TAITRA said in a statement issued yesterday.
The trend underscores how Taiwanese companies are successfully using innovative designs to expand beyond their traditional roots in electronics manufacturing, it said.
The award ceremony was hosted by Minister of Economic Affairs Steve Chen (陳瑞隆) and attended by President Chen Shui-bian (陳水扁).
Chi Mei, Taiwan's second-largest maker of liquid-crystal-display (LCD) panels, picked up a Gold Award for its 56-inch LCD TV panel, model V562D1.
The company successfully developed the world's first 56-inch LCD TV panel featuring Quad Full High Definition at 8.29 million pixels.
The resolution is four times that of currently available products, the highest ever achieved in the industry.
Power Quotient also won a Gold Award with its innovative Card Drive.
Unlike standard universal serial bus (USB) flash drives, Power Quotient's product has a 3mm-thick aluminum casing to protect data from shock, and can be carried in a wallet.
Unitech Electronics, the world's leading maker of rugged personal digital assistants (PDAs) used for inventory management, was rewarded for its rugged voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) PDA, model PA600.
The PA600 is sealed against water and dust, and equipped with a bar code scanner, keypad, touch screen and VoIP for data collection.
Meanwhile, Sports Art won its first Gold Award for the X Trainer, ergonomically designed fitness equipment that promotes cardiovascular health, and minimizes stress on joints.
Giant won recognition for its Maestro Suspension Bike.