The launch of the Visual Computing Appliance (below) was the big news from the keynote by Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. VCA is a 4U chassis that packs up to 16 graphics processors along with two Intel Xeon CPUs and their memory sold to small and medium businesses by Nvidia's distributors at prices starting at $25,000 for a range of remote graphics applications.
After his keynote, Huang told financial analysts the appliances and bigger graphics severs Nvidia's customers such as Dell, HP and IBM will sell to data centers are one piece of the puzzle expanding the company's total available market to a whopping $50 billion a year. Analysts saw the figure as an inflated hope, but still took away the point Nvidia has potential beyond what's been defined as a $4-$7 billion PC graphics market.
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