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first generation Intel Larrabee will not have a consumer release, butsecond-gen might

Discussion in 'ATI' started by parallax-scroll, Mar 18, 2010.

  1. http://www.techspot.com/news/37231-intel-delays-larrabee-graphics-processor-indefinitely.html

    Intel delays Larrabee graphics processor indefinitely

    By Jose Vilches, TechSpot.com
    Published: December 7, 2009, 10:20 AM EST

    It looks like Nvidia and AMD won't have to deal with Intel in the
    discrete graphics market anytime soon after all. According to company
    spokesman Nick Knupffer, the chip giant has indefinitely delayed plans
    to market a consumer version of Larrabee, opting instead to release it
    as a software development platform for both graphic and high
    performance computing.

    Intel originally planned to launch the chip in 2008. Multiple delays
    forced them to push those plans until "sometime in 2010," but
    apparently the company has fallen behind where it hoped to be in
    silicon and software development at this point, and don't believe
    their product would be suitably competitive with Nvidia and AMD's
    alternatives by the time of release. The idea behind Larrabee was to
    offer graphics and parallel processing with the full programmability
    of an x86 CPU, using a many-core architecture based on the original
    Pentium design.

    The announcement came as a bit of a surprise considering the company
    had been working on the project for the last two and a half years. It
    also showed off a system based on Larrabee just three months ago at

    Intel Larrabee to come back from the dead, eventually

    By Jose Vilches, TechSpot.com
    Published: March 18, 2010, 2:26 PM EST

    Intel spent quite some time talking up its Larrabee graphics processor
    ever since it officially announced the x86-derived chip in 2008. In
    theory it sounded like a real threat to both Nvidia and ATI, but after
    facing several delays and complications, plans to market a consumer
    version of Larrabee were indefinitely put on hold last December.

    The reason cited for the program stoppage was that the silicon and
    software development for the chip had not met Intel expectations and
    the fear was Larrabee would not be able to compete with ATI and Nvidia
    offerings. Now, however, the folks at TechEye have reportedly heard
    from a "key member" of the team at Intel that a whole product plan and
    roadmap is still in place for Larrabee.

    Apparently there's some development being done, with many of the
    people originally hired for the project still hovering around waiting
    for Larrabee to come online again. Last we heard, Intel planned to
    release Larrabee sometime this year as a software development platform
    for both graphic and high performance computing. If the anonymous
    sources are indeed right, we would probably still have to wait for an
    improved second-gen design before a Larrabee GPU arrives. That could
    be a while, but we know Intel won't just drop its plans to get a piece
    of the discrete graphics market that easy.
    parallax-scroll, Mar 18, 2010
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