Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)

Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)

September 02, 2005 16:09 ET

Bill Gates and Paul Otellini to Present Keynote Addresses at the 2006 International CES; Top Executives from Microsoft and Intel to Headline CES Keynote Line-Up

BERLIN--(CCNMatthews - Sep 2, 2005) -

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) announced today that top Microsoft and Intel executives will deliver keynote addresses at the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Bill Gates, chairman and chief software architect of Microsoft Corp., will return to deliver the highly anticipated pre-show keynote address on Wednesday, January 4, 2006, at 6:30 p.m. Paul Otellini, chief executive officer (CEO) of Intel Corp., will deliver his keynote address on Thursday, January 5, 2005 at 4:30 p.m. Both keynotes will take place in the Hilton Theater of the Las Vegas Hilton. The 2006 International CES runs January 5-8.

"As the world's largest consumer technology tradeshow, the International CES prides itself on bringing the most influential and notable industry visionaries to our conference program," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of CEA. "Gates and Otellini lead two of the most significant technology companies in the world and each plays a pivotal role in creating new technologies that define the marketplace and help consumers stay connected, entertained and informed 24/7."

Under Gates' leadership, Microsoft's mission has been to continually advance and improve software technology, and to make it easier, more cost-effective and more enjoyable for people to use computers. Building on the popularity of its Windows operating system and Office productivity suite, Microsoft focuses on developing technology for the next-generation Internet and on connected devices that meet consumer demands at work, at home and on the move - such as the Media Center PC, Windows Mobile software for Pocket PCs, Smartphones and Portable Media Centers and the MSN network.

In the past, Gates has used the International CES to preview products and technologies such as Xbox, Tablet PC, smart personal object technology (SPOT) watches and Smartphone.

For more than 35 years, Intel technology has enabled the computer and Internet revolution that has helped change the world. Founded to build semiconductor memory products, Intel introduced the world's first microprocessor in 1971. Today, Intel has evolved to become the world's largest chip maker, supplying platform-based solutions to meet the unique enterprise, mobile and digital home requirements of customers worldwide.

A 31-year Intel veteran, Otellini became CEO in May after serving as the president and chief operating officer since 2002.

The 2006 International CES focuses on more than 30 product areas from more than 2,500 exhibitors spread throughout the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Sands Expo and Convention Center, the Las Vegas Hilton and the Alexis Park. For more news on CES before, during and after the show, visit www.CESweb.org, the interactive source for CES information.

Note to Journalists: Detailed press conference information will be available later this year. Journalists are encouraged to arrive in Las Vegas by Tuesday, January 3, 2006 to take advantage of all the CES press conferences and events. CES Unveiled: The Official Press Event of the International CES will run January 3 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Sands Expo and Convention Center, Bellini Ballroom. A list of press room hours and services is posted at www.CESweb.org.

About CEA:

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the consumer technology industry through technology policy, events, research, promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA represents more than 2,000 corporate members involved in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and integration of audio, video, mobile electronics, wireless and landline communications, information technology, home networking, multimedia and accessory products, as well as related services that are sold through consumer channels. Combined, CEA's members account for more than $90 billion in annual sales. CEA's resources are available online at www.CE.org, the definitive source for information about the consumer electronics industry.

CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES - Defining Tomorrow's Technology. All profits from CES are reinvested into industry services, including technical training and education, industry promotion, engineering standards development, market research and legislative advocacy.



UPCOMING EVENTS

-- CEA Industry Forum
October 17-19, 2005, Las Vegas, NV

-- EHX Fall 2005
November 7-11, 2005, Anaheim, CA

-- CES New York Press Preview
November 15, 2005, New York, NY

-- CES Unveiled: The Official Press Event of CES
January 3, 2006, Las Vegas, NV

-- 2006 International CES
January 5-8, 2006, Las Vegas, NV

-- Winter Summit 2006
March 2-4, 2006, Vail, CO

-- CEA 2006 Winter Technology and Standards Forum
March 6-10, 2006, Clearwater Beach, FL

-- CEA Spring Break
March 14-17, 2006, Washington, DC

-- 2006 PARA Conference
May 3-7, 2006, Hilton Head, SC

-- 2006 Consumer Electronics CEO Summit
June 21-23, 2006, Southampton, Bermuda

-- 2006 SINOCES
July 7-10, 2006, Qingdao, China



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