Intel's fairly popular developer forum, which travels around the world and usually has a large scattering of demonstrations each year, is being scaled back
. Fearing either lack of content or lack of show strength, a mere 3 shows are planned for 2007, whereas we had 14 in 2006.
In 2006, Intel held 14 IDF shows around the globe--though some were minor events rather than full-blown multi-day affairs. In 2007, there will be just three IDF conferences, spokesman David Dickstein said: in Beijing from April 17-18, in San Francisco from September 18-20, and in Taipei from October 15-16.
The IDF is one way Intel introduces new products and talks about their future plans to hardware manufacturers, system integrators and just plain interested people. According to Intel
, reducing the number of shows this year will improve their quality, aside from reducing the costs incurred.