NVIDIA cancels GTC 2020 webcast but will make announcements on March 24

Posted on Tuesday, March 10 2020 @ 10:27 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Last week, NVIDIA cancelled its GTC 2020 event in San Francisco and turned it into a web-only event due to the coronavirus outbreak. Now the firm is scaling back its plans even further by cancelling the planned webcast. Instead, NVIDIA will distribute some press releases on March 24, which will be followed by an investor call.

At first, it seems a bit strange that NVIDIA is cancelling its digital keynote over public health uncertainties. This is pure speculation on my part, but it could be that NVIDIA's Ampere GPUs are delayed due to the COVID-19 situation. Perhaps NVIDIA had to change its plans a second time because continued production and/or logistics problems caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak made it impossible to stick to previously planned launch date. That's one way to interpret this news.
NVIDIA today announced that, in light of the spread of the coronavirus, it is deferring plans to deliver a webcast keynote as part of the digital version of its GPU Technology Conference later this month.

The company will, instead, issue on Tuesday, March 24, news announcements that had been scheduled to be shared in the keynote. This will be followed by an investor call with NVIDIA founder and Chief Executive Officer Jensen Huang, which will be accessible to other listeners.

The call will begin at 8am Pacific time and will be accessible at investor.nvidia.com.

NVIDIA had initially planned to host its 11th annual GTC on March 22-26 at the San Jose Convention Center, with an anticipated audience of 10,000. Amid the worsening coronavirus situation, the company said earlier this month that it was shifting much of the conference to its digital platform.

The company believes that continuing public health uncertainties would challenge its ability to produce and deliver a digital keynote.

Other components of GTC Digital will still take place, including live webinars, recorded talks and panels, research posters, trainings, and Connect with Experts sessions available starting Wednesday, March 25. More details will be provided in the coming days.

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