by Will Park

Right through the holiday break, we’ve been busy preparing for next week’s Consumer Electronics Showcase (CES) in Vegas.

We’ll have two booths this year to accommodate all the Tegra, GeForce, 3DVision and automotive goodness we’re bringing to the show. The main booth, located in the Las Vegas Convention Center’s (LVCC’s) South Hall, will feature all manner of gadget demos. The second, outdoors in the LVCC Central Plaza, will feature automotive tech, including a recently unveiled supercar that NVIDIA has never before shown to the public.

To sweeten the pot, we’ll be giving away a fleet of newly launched ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablets, powered by the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 mobile processor, via our Facebook page.

To help you keep track of NVIDIA at CES, here’s a quick rundown of our planned activities:

Press Conference
Venetian Hotel – Monday, Jan. 9 at 4pm Pacific Time

NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang kicks off NVIDIA’s annual press conference.
We will provide a live webcast of the press conference at http://www.nvidia.com/ces2012. A replay of the webcast will be posted seven days after the press conference.

South Hall 31431, Central Plaza CP24

You’ll find the main NVIDIA booth in the South Hall, LVCC. Just look for booth #31431 under the big “NVIDIA” banner.

The NVIDIA automotive booth will be located outdoors, in the Central Plaza. Look for Booth #CP24 – it’s the big NVIDIA tent.

At our South Hall booth, you’ll find a gaggle of NVIDIA Tegra-powered devices running games, playing HD video on TVs, displaying 3D content on a 3D TV and demonstrating wireless, multiplayer gaming.

You’ll have a chance to experience the best that GeForce and 3D Vision offer in two high-end racing simulators, built by VRX and outfitted with NVIDIA 3D Vision 2 and 3D LightBoost technologies. Demo pods peppered throughout the booth will show off new GeForce and 3D Vision laptops.

We’ll also have a Tesla Model S at the main booth to showcase Tesla’s NVIDIA-powered infotainment system, as well as a demos of advanced driver assistance systems, including “360 Surround View” technology.

And don’t forget to check out our Windows on ARM preview.

Our Central Plaza booth is dedicated to NVIDIA Automotive technology. The Audi A7 and a recently unveiled supercar will be on hand to demonstrate NVIDIA-powered infotainment systems. We can’t say much about the supercar demo, but we can tell you that there aren’t too many of these exotic rubber-burners in the U.S. – so be sure to check it out!

LVCC North Hall Upper Level, Meeting Room N254 – Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 10:30am Pacific Time

Our very own Michael Rayfield will lead a technology panel on “Tablets: Where Do We Go From Here?” focused on the future of tablet computing.

CES 2012 wouldn’t be complete without a proper Facebook contest. We will be giving away four ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablet, powered by Tegra 3 – the world’s first quad-core mobile processor.

One Transformer Prime will be given away every day during CES 2012. Keep an eye on the NVIDIA Facebook page here for instructions on how to enter the contest.

Can’t make it to the show in person? Worry not – we’ll update this blog, our Social Media Newsroom, Facebook and our Twitter feed with timely photo and video updates from the CES 2012 show floor.