May 14th, 2010


Nvidia: 'we want to light every pixel in the world'

The PC isn't dead but it is going to have to move over; that's one of the themes of the Future in Review conference we're at this week in Palos Verdes. The theme is really platforms and not just computing platforms, though we've talked about cloud (which keeps turning into a bandwidth and business model discussion) and security and next-generation broadband ((which keeps turning into a bandwidth and business model discussion). The PC is too much taken for granted for there to be much to say in a conference that looks at what's going to happen in three to five years time (phase change memory and LightPeak and the like are either too early or too late for the scope of the conference, although the current session is making my head hurt on quamtum mechanics and edging into how quantum computing will or won't work - including the idea that a 6-qubit quantum computer is connected to hundreds of thousands of 6 qubit systems in alternative universes and it grabs the result from whichever of them works it out). So mostly the PC comes up as the point we're starting from.

Nvidia's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang was typically enthusiastic, covering what the GPU can do for cars, walls, tablets - and killing mosquitoes. "The PC used to be the most important computing device in our lives; going forward," he said; "We imagine it will just be one of the most important computing devices in our lives. We want to light every single pixel in the world; we don't care if it's a car or in your computer or on the wall." What does that actually mean? Go read it at