CES 2006 Preview
CES 2006 Preview

CES 2006 Preview

CES 2006 Preview

Said to be the world’s largest consumer electronics tradeshow, CES, gets underway 5-8 January, in Las Vegas. While not open to the general public, CES previews consumer electronics and wireless technologies, devices and networks from over 2,500 exhibitors. The conference program, keynotes, SuperSessions, exhibitor news and press releases announce thousands of products. Announcements for new products are available for broadband, home networking, mobile/vehicle electronics, personal electronics, satellite systems, telephones, video, WiFi and wireless communications, as well as mobile entertainment and consumer VoIP. Check out the Wireless TechZone for the full list of upcoming presentations.

Highlights of the show include:

  • Intel
    will unfurl Viiv PCs
    , the desktops designed to store music, record TV
    shows and serve music and video. 
  • Intel
    will pitch its upcoming Yonah processor
    for notebooks and thin desktops
    under two designations: Duo and Solo. The Duo will have two cores; notebooks
    with a single-core Yonah will sport a Solo designation. 
  • Texas
    Instruments, Philips and cell phone makers
    will show TV cell phones (DVB-H
    and MediaFLO), showcased by the FIFA World Cup in Germany this summer. 
  • Skype
    is making a play for the mainstream IP telephony
    with a new standalone
    handset to enable users to make free Skype calls over the Internet without a
    PC connection. It also announced a new phone adapter developed with D-Link,
    called the DPH-50U, that allows the Skype service to be used with a
    traditional phone. 
  • Home
    Networking Initiatives
    like the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA),
    WiMedia Ultrawideband (UWB), HomePlug, and Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA)
    are all hoping to knock off WiFi from its predominance in home networking.
    Meanwhile, Airgo’s “faster-than-wired” WiFi True
    Gen3 MIMO chipset
    is in products like Netgear’s RangeMax 240 and
    Linksys’s WRT54GX4 wireless router. Promoters of that other
    “pre-N” MIMO standard , the
    WiMedia Alliance
    , may also show and tell.

Full article here. Coverage from the show floor is available from Google News as well.