While this year's CeBIT is likely to be more subdued that a few years ago, there will be a number of major suppliers showing off innovations in areas such as mobile and security technologies.
At the show, held in Hanover this week, over 20 pavilions will play host to 8,000 IT companies strutting their stuff. Organisers are expecting 700,000 visitors.
Microsoft will be demonstrating its new SmartDisplays, flat portable monitors with their own power supplies that the firm hopes will aid its Tablet PC push.
It is also likely that Microsoft will promote its move into the MP3 player market and will display new models.
Intel will use CeBIT to launch the new Centrino class processors, which have built-in Wi-Fi, and the mobile processor technology which it hopes will help it break into the one silicon market it doesn't yet dominate.
All the major handset manufacturers will be showing off their latest 3G phones to a sceptical audience, and traffic in the Taiwanese pavilion is expected to be heavy as the country will be producing the bulk of the handsets for sale.
On the security side there are a number of smaller companies with products looking to cash in on the only area of IT spending expected to grow.
RSA will be giving more details of the expansion of its secureID authentication token range, and major players like Sun Microsystems will also be weighing in.
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