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Updated | GTC 2020 still on track despite coronavirus concerns

NVIDIA's CEO Jenson Haung will be delivering the keynote March 23rd. (Image source: NVIDIA)
NVIDIA's CEO Jensen Haung will be delivering the keynote March 23rd. (Image source: NVIDIA)
Update: Despite an announcement only days prior, GTC is now being moved to an online only format, due to coronavirus concerns.
Original story: NVIDIA has confirmed its annual GPU Technology Conference is on schedule, despite the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. It has been rumored that this could be the launch place for Ampere. In regard to the virus outbreak, the company says it is taking "precautions" and will monitor the situation closely.

Update: After previously announcing that GTC 2020 was still on track, NVIDIA has now announced that the conference will be moved to an online only format. Jensen Huang will still be giving a keynote presentation sometime late in March, though the exact date may change. If one were to speculate, NVIDIA's dedication to delivering this keynote despite the outbreak may lend credence to the rumors that it has something major to announce at the event.

The full announcement can be found on the company's website.

Original story: In the wake of several cancellations and postponements from other conferences, NVIDIA has confirmed that GTC is still on schedule for March 23rd-26th in San Jose, CA. The GPU giant specified several measures it is taking to help prevent the spread of the disease, which primarily involves the widespread use of disinfectants.

The GPU Technology Conference has recently been a place for NVIDIA to focus on AI, data scientists, and automotive, typically putting gaming on the back burner. However, recent rumors have pointed to the potential reveal of NVIDIA's upcoming Ampere architecture and the RTX 3000 series at the event. NVIDIA's CEO Jensen Huang invited investors to attend in a recent earnings call, saying "you won't be disappointed". If rumors and leaks are to be believed, Ampere will be a major improvement over Turing and could be up to twice as fast. If any announcements are made, we'd expect them on March 23rd when NVIDIA's leather jacket clad CEO will take to the stage for the conference's keynote.

NVIDIA's "coronavirus update", including details of the measures the company is taking, can be found on NVIDIA's website.

NVIDIA is closely monitoring the coronavirus situation, which remains fluid. The health and safety of GTC attendees and exhibitors is our top priority, and we are implementing appropriate precautionary measures. GTC remains fully on track and interest levels remain very high.


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Jonathan Hayhurst, 2020-02-29 (Update: 2020-03- 3)