Silicon Motion displays its SSD controllers. The SM2258 shown here in the centre is claimed to be the first turnkey 6Gb/s SSD controller with support for 3D TLC NAND.

Shawn Adams, product marketing manager at Boise, a Micron Technology client, showed the 1100 SATA SSD built with Micron's TLC 3D NAND. Adams claimed the SSD stores up to 2TB 900X faster than a typical consumer 7,200rpm HDD. He also talked about its 2100 SSD, which uses Micron's PCIe NVMe product. It is rated to deliver 4x the speed of your usual SATA SSDs.

Congatec, which last June opened a Taipei design centre, shows Industrie 4.0 gateway solutions. Congatec claimed their overseas customers are using the products in vineyards for environmental monitoring, providing cloud, temperature and humidity information.

Deggendorf, Germany's Congatec, a supplier industrial computer modules and SBCs, shows that they can turn their embedded systems development kit for industrial electronics into a 'cute' robot.

Allwinner also demonstrated point of sale systems with tablet-based terminals and support for credit card payment--all running Android.

Zhuhai, China based company Allwinner Technology focused here on VR headsets using its H8vr board with the H8 octa-core processor as the centrepiece. Allwinner, a fabless design company focused on SoCs, said they have 20 customers working on H8vr and claim that their solution offers low power consumption and heat, low weight and a less-than 20ms lag. Shown above is Shenzhen Sunchip Technology's headset, CX-VR1, with the Allwinner processor inside.

At the Apacer booth was this MacBook connected to what the company claims is the first SSD 9on your right) that integrates USB Type-C and 3.1 interfaces.

Apacer showed an implementation of its new AvataRAM product line. AvataRAM runs off server grade SSD storage designed for high-speed concentrated, random R/W of small files--a typical scenario in IoT applications.

Taiwan's motherboard, add-on card and PC manufacturer Biostar Microtech Int. Corp. themed its booth around a racing game and its Racing series of motherboards. Visitors were invited to compete with an all-female gaming team on the company's custom-made gaming machines.

Acer's booth shows off its Predator gaming products. This year, two of Acer's display products won the Computex Design & Innovation Awards. The first of them, the Acer Predator Z850 Gaming Projector, is claimed to be the world's first UltraWide HD gaming projector delivering a 120-inch image at 1,920x720 pixels. The second is the Acer XR342CK 34-inch curved display with a whopping resolution of 3,440x1,400 pixels.

Taiwan's industry is optimistic about the application of IoT in the industrial market. Ubiqconn Technology Inc., a Taipei-based company that makes rugged laptops, tablets and in-vehicle mounted computers was at the show. They demonstrated application scenarios for logistics, including warehousing.

Your humble home and work PC--desktop and laptop machines--is no longer the focus of Computex as it used to be a few years ago. The event instead emphasises high-performance computing and high-quality gaming.

Marvel's ‘Eldora’ controller (88SS1093) is now being used by a number of companies. Shown here is an enterprise-class platform from LiteOn, which was first announced last year. This year, Plextor showed its M8PeY PCIe SSD--their fastest storage device that uses the same chip--with read/write performance of up to 280,000/240,000 IOPS.

Computex Taipei 2016 opened May 31 to the following key themes: networking and IoT, virtual/augmented reality (AR/VR), gaming hardware and Industry 4.0. This year, the trade show also emphasised startups and regional and international cooperation through such events as forum with trade delegations talking about partnerships in smart factories, hosting the Taipei leg of the HWBOT World Tour (an overclocking competition) and giving startups prominence with a separate exhibition area (branded Innovex).

Creativity was the spirit of this year's Computex Taipei as was evidenced by Cooler Master's Make it Yours project. Shown above is another attraction at the show: a robot controlled by a PC.

UAVs made a strong showing at the Computex this year. Shown here is a tiny quadcopter from the Chinese company Ehang Inc.

Acer exhibited products to support its 'BeingWare' [IoT] vision that involves vertical business models with intelligent connected devices. Acer's BYOC platform provides the communication link to the cloud. Shown here is X Terran, smart electric all-terrain vehicle (eATV). It utilizes Acer's Car IoT Module, allowing for tracking of a variety of performance parameters as well as location.

Acer's IPS displays. The company's high-resolution, cinematic, curved screens are designed for gaming.

The Nvidia Ansel screen capture software enables you to pause a game and take gigapixel-resolution shots, while offering the facility to roll, zoom and re-position.

The HTC Vive VR platform uses a camera and a green screen to capture your image and project it into virtual reality. At its heart (or rather brains) is an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080.

A Chinese company called Emdoor Group showcases its latest laptops, tablets and VR products.

Emdoor worked with Intel for its VR Tactical Backpack.

A closeup of a set of DIY glasses (left) at the Sandisk booth. We were told you could assemble those glasses in 3 easy steps!

Virtual/Augmented Reality (VR/AR) was a key theme at the Western Digital's booth talked about VR, which, of course, requires a fast memory performance. They displayed their new SanDisk Ultra Dual Drive USB Type-C, which is retractable, now available in up to 128GB storage size and includes a USB Type-C connector and a standard USB (Type-A) connector, enabling you to transfer files between smartphones, tablets and computers. The drive now delivers high-speed USB 3.1 performance of up to 150MB/s.

Asustek showed off the Asus Transformer Book T101 launched this May. A 2-in-1 tablet-laptop combo device, it will be available in August with an Intel Atom x5-Z8350 Cherry Trail processor, 64GB or 128GB storage and 802.11ac WiFi packaged in grey, blue or pink (the pink model is shown here).

The Asus VivoBaby is a wearable sensor to monitor a baby’s body temperature and heart rate. It connects to smartphones via Bluetooth 4.0 and works with the included beeper station and a smartphone app to alert parents of a sudden rise in body temperature or weakened heart rate. The 'cuff' sensor is worn on the baby's upper arm.

The Asus VivoWatch has a built-in heart-rate monitor, records user activity as well as sleep and runs without requiring a battery recharge for 10 days.

Cooler Master displayed a VR skydiving simulation and allowed show visitors to experience the thrill of free-falling.