While Orange County companies were well-represented among Comdex exhibitors, with Conexant, Toshiba, Mitsubishi and Ingram Micro taking up significant real estate in the massive Las Vegas Convention Center, Irvine-based Western Digital Corp. was among the more notable absentees, and the largest local technology company not present.
It has been five years since Western Digital had a booth on the computer trade show's floor, although last year, the company sent more than 100 employees to maintain meeting rooms and hold receptions for customers.
This year, fewer than a dozen Western Digital employees attended the show.
"Comdex has become a tremendously unwieldy experience in terms of getting things done," said Robert Blair, spokesman for Western Digital, who also cited the convention's notoriously high costs as a reason for pulling back.
More than 220,000 attended this year's Comdex. If the event were held in the Southland, attendees would fill every hotel room in Orange County and Los Angeles County combined, and would still have to double up in the rooms.