Intel has decided to cancel the Intel Developer Forum, or IDF, Taiwan 2009 as part of its ongoing cost reduction efforts amid the global slowdown, reports DigiTimes. The event was originally scheduled for November.
The move comes as a surprise to many Taiwan PC and motherboard makers, since Intel has hosted the IDF Taiwan since 1996, according to the report.
Additionally, Intel will also reformat IDF Beijing 2009, scheduled for April, from two days into "a more China-focused one-day event," according to the report. The preservation of the IDF Beijing event may indicate the growing importance of the Chinese market.
On the other hand, Intel insisted that it will continue to strengthen its cooperation with Taiwan's government and local IT makers to sustain continuing industry growth and technology exchange, mainly via the company's presence at the Computex Taipei 2009 and other events, according to the report.
IDF San Francisco, held in September, will remain as Intel's flagship conference and will continue at a similar size as in previous years, the company is reported to say.