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  CeBIT 2004, Europe's largest IT show 
  Mar 26, 2004, 09:30am EST 


By: Sander Sassen

To summarize the event, it is safe to say that Intel is aggressively moving forward with the new PGA-775 socket and the new Grantsdale chipset. Obviously all of the motherboard, heatsink and case manufacturers are following suit so we saw a whole line of new products based on the new socket and BTX form factor at CeBIT. This however isn’t something that’ll benefit the end user, and certainly not right from the get-go, but is mainly needed to cope with the excessive heatload and power requirements of the Prescott processor core.

On the other end it is safe to say that CRT is dead and buried, and flat panel displays are now the preferred solution for displaying computer graphics as well as watching movies or TV at home. HDTV is certainly gaining a foothold in Europe too, although the lack of HDTV material will not mean a speedy adoption by the consumers anytime soon. Things are gradually moving forward though, but we’re still a long way from the situation in the US and Japan, where HDTV is readily available.

That concludes our CeBIT 2004 coverage, and although we only managed to show you a selection of the products we’ve come across in the two days we were there, we hope you’ve enjoyed it. If you have any questions, tips or suggestions, or would like to learn more about a certain product or technology be sure to drop us an email and we’d be happy to answer your questions or requests.

Sander Sassen

1. Motherboards and processors
2. Cars, cars and cars
3. Displays and graphics
4. Media standards and players
5. Summary

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