Geneva telecom show moves to Hong Kong A telecommunications fair that brought operators and equipment makers here every four years will move to Hong Kong, Geneva canton chancellor Robert Hensler told Television Suisse Romande (TSR)on Tuesday. Most of the fair's clients are Asian, Hensler added to explain the move. Questions of costs, expensive hotel prices, and labour charges were other reasons for the decision, Mr Hensler acknowledged. The fair was organised by the International Telecommunications Union, a UN agency. Its latest edition in October 2003 drew 100,000 visitors. Agence France-Presse Synopsis opens R&D centre in Shanghai Semiconductor design software firm Synopsis has opened a new research and development centre in Shanghai. The expanded office and R&D centre will house more than 200 staff. President and chief operating officer Chi-foon Chan said merging the sales, research and technical support staff at one location would help improve relations with new and existing partners. The Californian company, which opened its first office in China in 1995, has offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Shenzhen. AMD processors to serve two mainland firms Chipmaker AMD said its Opteron processors will drive new servers from mainland firms Dawning and Founder. The deals will see the firms launch their first servers based on AMD's 64-bit processors. Founder Group, a computer manufacturer, said it would launch its first 64-bit servers within 90 days. The first customers announced were likely to be from the publishing industry. The announcement came two days after Dawning Information Industry introduced its I200A server, running on AMD Opteron 100 series processors. Security threats drive demand for firewalls A growing number of security threats and attacks are driving a boom in the network security market, according to a new report. The study, from business growth consultancy Frost and Sullivan, said the market grew by 9.9 per cent last year, pushing revenues to US$662.4 million. The largest segment in the market was firewalls, which accounted for 61 per cent, followed by virtual private networks, at 25 per cent and intrusion detection systems at 14 per cent. The study said that the Sars outbreak and the war in Iraq had helped the market's growth. The report covered 14 countries in the Asia-Pacific region, and predicted that China, India, Japan and South Korea would help grow the region's network security market 13.9 per cent this year to $994 million by 2006, from an estimated $753.6 million this year. Legend joins elite brands in Olympic partnership Chinese computer manufacturer Legend has joined an elite group of international brands by signing up for the Olympic partner programme. The company will be the first Chinese business to take part in the official Olympic Games sponsorship programme. The Olympic Partner Programme will see Lenovo, Legend's international computer brand, provide computer products and services for the Olympic Organising Committee and National Olympic Committee until 2008.