Last year, Nvidia hosted NVISION 08, its initial annual conference. The feedback was quite positive, and there were a lot of things that were promised to be improved for the next year. Company representatives claimed that the show will be bigger and better, with more partners joining the frame.
And then the world economy melted down, killing or downsizing a lot of events world-wide. Intel downsized its’ Chinese IDF convention to a local-event status, but IDF Fall 2009 will be held in Moscone Center in San Francisco – in its full strenght. Sadly for Nvidia, the company decided to cancel this year’s event, making NVISION a one-off. Thus, when Jen-Hsun decided to openly attack Intel and open a “can of whoop-ass”, he probably didn’t thought of how the world turns.
According to some sources, the show’s cost ranged in millions of dollars, somewhere between three and six million greenbacks. But the damage done will be much worse than this money – Nvidia fails to establish themselves as a serious player and position themselves in the very same “also-ran” company as AMD.
Intel, IBM, Sun, Oracle, Google, Microsoft – all of these companies (and many more) have at least one conference where thousands of people gather and get overwhelmed by the information shown by numerous companies. Sadly for Nvidia, the company didn’t manage to secure enough exhibitors to continue.
We hope that NVISION will return in 2010, but for now, “Visual Computing Conference” went the way of do-do birds. For the end of this news, we leave you with this picture that explains NVISION 08 in three parts:
1) The world is ours and we’re bigger than your hands can spread (with Nvidia’s head of PR on the right side of the picture)
2) Will Nvidia push the button for 2009?
3) Well, they did plan to…