Hi-tech industry heavyweights from Asia and around the world are gathering this week in Singapore and Taiwan to showcase the latest and the best in communications and computer technologies. In Singapore, companies participating in CommunicAsia will showcase innovations in wireless Internet and digital entertainment technologies. The industry is full of renewed optimism as Asian economies continue to rebound from the 1997-98 financial crisis, said Bill Allard, vice-president of marketing for the Asia-Pacific at Lucent Technologies. 'We see huge growth in the Asia-Pacific in key markets, including wireless technology and other areas such as broadband access,' he said. Martin Salter, chairman of the International Association of Broadcasting Manufacturers, said: 'Expect the idea of a TV receiver to boom, from personal TVs to shirt-pocket sized televisions, which will provide information and entertainment wherever you are.' In Taiwan, Computex Taipei 2000 - touted as Asia's largest information technology event - marks its 20th anniversary this year. The event, organised by the China External Trade Development Council and the Taipei Computer Association, features many of the world's top players in personal computers, microprocessors, chipsets, system motherboards and networking applications. Advanced Micro Devices, Intel's main PC chip rival, launched its latest advanced microprocessor products at Computex. Technology Post reporters will file stories on-line from the show floors this week on the new products and technologies on display, as well as industry issues that surface at these two events. Check out technology.scmp.com for daily updates.