COMPUTER EXPOSITION SIGNING ON IN CITY Hardware, software will be on display


More than 135 computer hardware and software vendors are setting up shop in the Convention Center, as the Baltimore Computer Conference & Exposition returns to the city Wednesday.

The second annual conference and expo, a two-day event sponsored by National Trade Productions Inc. of Alexandria, Va., is open to anyone interested in computers and information systems, according to Steven P. Henke, marketing manager for the Baltimore show.

"We target upper-level managers and computer professionals," he says.

Admission is free for the exhibition, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday.

There is a $35 fee for one day's admission to the conference workshops and a $50 fee to attend both days' workshops.

The sessions will cover topics such as networking, computer graphics, digital imaging, management of computer systems and related topics. Computer company executives and consultants will preside over these sessions, Mr. Henke says.

A wide variety of vendors will be displaying their latest equipment, and information systems professionals will also be at the conference. "We are going to get . . . [the professionals] down to the end user," he adds.

Apple Computer, AT&T;, International Business Machines, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft and Wang Laboratories are among the companies that have rented exhibit booths for the forum to display equipment ranging from laptop models to microprocessors.

National Trade Productions is expecting more than 10,000 visitors to the exposition, according to Mr. Henke. The company, which has been sponsoring computer shows for 15 years, also presents the annual Washington FOSE computer show in March. (FOSE is an acronym for federal office systems exposition.)

The Baltimore show is divided into five segments:

* Networking, security and other issues for microcomputetechnology and management.

* Digital image and optical-disk technologies and applications.

* Computer graphics.

* Management issues.

* Microcomputers.

Baltimore is on a short list of U.S. cities with their own national computer conferences.

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