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Berlin’s IFA might be the biggest consumer electronics exhibition in the world, while CES in Las Vegas is easily the most glamorous, but when it comes to which show is the most influential it has to be the CEATEC show which is held this week in Chiba, Tokyo. For it is here that the Japanese giants get to parade their latest innovations for the first time. In many instances they display products which won’t arrive in the UK for at least a year.

Our team at the show will be filing reports for Tech Digest on a daily basis. So you’ll read it here first.

This year we are expecting

Sony – The PSX, an all in one device that packs TV tuner, DVD recorder, hard-disk drive, and the PlayStation 2 game player into a single white box. The goss is that a European launch will be in mid 2004.

Philips – Dual layer DVD+R disc – This will increase the recording time on this write-once DVD disc to 8.5GB enabling it to store over four hours of top quality video.

Toshiba – A palm-sized portable fuel cell its said it capable of charging a cell phone battery about six times. Also a new Blu laser videorecorder.

Also in the offing…

Sony – The debut of a personal video player product, click here for details.

Panasonic – The unveiling of 2 and possibly 4 Gigabyte Secure Digital (SD) cards

Plus major mobile phone news, a glut of wireless home video entertainment servers and new Blu-ray video recorders.

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