CES Gear- PC Products
While this category may not be as big as the video category, it still can be one of the more interesting, where some of the latest and hottest technologies are born. At this year's CES expect home networking to have a bigger presence than ever. The Internet Home Alliance will show what's happening with big time CE and networking players: OnStar, Panasonic, Invensys and ADT. They will have an exhibit in North Meeting Room 215. Samsung has announced (for Q4, 2002) a home media center, developed jointly with Microsoft, that integrates all home communications devices through its patented Family Information Management System (FIMS).
Meanwhile, expect to see a lot of new wireless 802.11b networking devices and home gateways as well as demonstrations of new 802.11 technologies such as 802.11a. In that same category, powerline networking will be making its CES consumer debut as several networking companies will introduce consumer-ready products that can transmit 14Mbps over the existing power lines in the home.
If COMDEX is any indicator of what PC-related products to see at CES, USB 2.0 will be a big highlight for several companies. With speeds of 480 Mbps (40 times faster than USB 1.1) this new specification could help spur a market of consumers who want to upgrade, so they can use speedier peripherals.