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International CES Elicits Optimism for Global Economy
January 15, 2009

More than 2,700 global companies, including 300 new exhibitors, unveiled an estimated 20,000 new technology products across 1.7 million net square feet of exhibit space recently at the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, electrifying the technology industry and helping lead the way to economic recovery. New trends unveiled at the 2009 CES will shape the future of consumer electronics, including 3D HDTV, advances in OLED, green technologies, Internet TV and digital entertainment. Produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the 2009 International CES® ran January 8-11, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Despite a subdued economy, excitement exuded from the International CES show floor, with the sheer volume of innovative products, the quantity of senior level executives from the consumer technology and related industries, the international participation from companies and government officials and the partnerships and deals at the show”, said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. More consumer technology business deals start at the International CES than any other event on earth. The success of the 2009 International CES gives optimism that innovation will restart the world’s economic engine.

“The level of excitement on the CES show floor was at an all-time high with ground-breaking technologies such as the Palm Pre, Sony’s flexible OLED display, 3D HDTV, Yahoo!‘s TV Widget, LG’s Watch Phone and a 1/3 inch thin energy efficient Plasma HDTV from Panasonic”, said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, events and conferences, CEA. Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer announced Windows 7 Beta at his pre-CES keynote and the download response was so high, it overloaded their systems.

For the news and product announcements from the 2009 International CES, visit the CES website.

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