As one of the show's strongest supporters, Japanese vendor NEC traditionally uses the exhibition as a launch pad for new products. This year, Computer '97 is no exception and visitors to NEC's booth will discover new products ranging from the world's lightest digital camera to one of the most powerful notebooks. 'Multimedia' is NEC's main theme this year with the company's new slogan: 'Just imagine, NEC multimedia'. To illustrate its point, NEC has given its booth a 'construction site' feel, using scaffolding and other material. The booth will be divided into four pavilions surrounding a business computing core area where NEC will display some of its business applications. These include graphic workstations used by the Hong Kong Productivity Council for its computer graphic design course; and the Persona finger print machine used by the Royal Hong Kong Police Force for criminal records. The Infotainment pavilion will display NEC's PICONA digital camera. Weighing a mere 185 grams, this camera can store images under the three main existing digital formats: JPEG and BMP as well as HTML which enables it to transmit images directly on to the Internet. Other highlights of the pavilion include a PC 3D game display accelerator card that enables PC game users to take full advantage of 3D games and a PC/Internet camera for video-conferencing sessions over the Internet. NEC's mobile HPC pavilion will feature its first generation of hand-held PCs, the mobile Pro 400. PC hand-held devices are different from personal digital assistants (PDA) in the way they support PC standards. NEC's, for example, runs under Microsoft's Windows CE and offers applications such as Pocket Excel, Word and Explorer. But its main asset, according to Arion Luk, NEC's marketing promotion officer, is its 40-hour battery life. 'Demonstrations will be given on how to access the Internet using HPC,' Mr Luk said. Next to the HPC pavilion is the NEC mobile office. Following the trend of desktop replacement, NEC is launching a series of Pentium MMX-based notebooks, including the Versa 6200 which has a 13.3-inch screen offering almost as much vision as a desktop 15-inch monitor. NEC's ability in image display technologies will be displayed in the Multimedia Imaging pavilion. Mr Luk said NEC was the only monitor vendor able to master the three existing CRT technologies. Visitors will be able to use a microscope to view and compare the quality of display of CromaCLear, ShadowMask and Aperture Grill CRTs. Besides, the full series of new MultiSync projectors will be demonstrated with different simulations of applications. The company will also present the latest advancements in the future image display technologies, including 21-inch LCD monitors and 42-inch Plasma multimedia display. According to NEC, in the year 2000 these two technologies will account for more than half of the worldwide sales of monitors.