The Consumer Electronics Show is the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow. This year's show had 116,687 attendees from 128 countries and 2,283 exhibitors. And everywhere we turned, we saw the influences of broadband, of home networking and of wireless.
These topics were also at the heart of many of the featured talks from industry notables like Craig Barrett of Intel, Tom Engibous of TI and Kunitake Ando of Sony. Michael Powell, Chairman of the US FCC emphasized broadband's importance in a session with CEA President Gary Shapiro, saying: "I view broadband as a national priority that holds amazing promise to stimulate the economy..."
Every year we marvel at the enormous size and scope of this gigantic event. From the many companies and exhibits we visited, we've chosen to cover three primary areas: networked audio and video entertainment; what Bill Gates thinks is in store for consumers; and the chips upon which all the products depend. The three sections are: