You know, this Comdex is great. Sure, there are not that many people around. We think it has to be less than 100k, which is less than half of last year. But, who knows? Comdex attendance data always seemed inflated in the past. This year, though, it's actually not bad to be here. You get to talk to people. You get to see stuff. No one looks too harried or haggard.
And, there are scantily clad servers waiting on you at every slot machine as you ponder your Comdex article deadlines and feed the one armed bandit your rent check. It's a sort of bliss.
Nvidia Power Breakfast
We started off day one of Comdex with a power breakfast courtesy of Nvidia and the new NV17M. A better introduction for this might be: "How now to make friends with the media on the first day of Comdex!" We, the hungry press, were on time for our power breakfast, but Nvidia wasn't. Never leave a pack of hungry tech journalists waiting too long. There was already a long line of media waiting to get in to eat breakfast, and the ensuing rush when the doors of the meeting room opened up onto the buffet was to be our only confrontation with a crowd at this year's Comdex.
Who doesn't want a free breakfast on the first day of Comdex, but, is it really in your best interest to leave a bunch of hungry media folks standing outside your meeting room for almost 30 minutes, waiting to eat? Survey says, NO! However, this is what happened. It looked like some sort of an angry herd of zombies, waiting to eat in some form of disorganized chaos.
As we already told you in our
Nvidia is betting its reputation on the new technology of this chip. In some ways, it sounds like nothing more than an advanced mobile GeForce 3, but, in fact, the NV17M includes the features found in the GeForce 3 chips and more, adding a few new wrinkles in order to make things interesting. With Nvidia's goal of being able to run everything at 1024x768 with a playback rate of 60fps, it is as fast as any GeForce card that shipped a year ago. Nvidia could not be pinned down when asked how much it will add to the cost of the average notebook. You should expect to see it in a notebook from Toshiba toward the end of February, 2002.