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Intel shows first Larrabee wafer. Each Larrabee chip is as large asNvidia's 65nm GT200 / GTX280

Discussion in 'Intel' started by sprite scaler, Apr 11, 2009.

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    Intel Showcases Larrabee Wafer at IDF 2009 in Beijing
    Currently under testing

    By Traian Teglet, Technology News Editor

    10th of April 2009, 14:23 GMT

    Santa Clara, California-based Intel is expected to make its debut into
    the world of discrete graphics, by introducing its highly anticipated
    Larrabee-based many-core processing unit. The world's leading chip
    maker has recently showcased at the IDF (Intel Developer Forum) Spring
    2009 a 300mm wafer containing Larrabee chips. This can only prove that
    we are getting even closer to Intel's first discrete graphics
    solution, by which
    time we shall have a stronger competition in the market of computer

    At IDF, Pat Gelsinger, Intel's senior vice president and general
    manager of the Digital Enterprise Group, took to the stage to talk
    about the company's recently launched Xeon 5500 processors, the
    Nehalem architecture in both of its server and desktop product
    families, 32nm Westmere chips and the highly anticipated Larrabee
    chip. Unfortunately, Mr. Gelsinger didn't reveal any specific details
    on its upcoming chips, regarding the core frequencies, memory and
    overall design.

    However, he did state that the company expected the first Larrabee-
    powered graphics card to become available later this year or by the
    start of 2010. Either way, the chip maker is currently in the process
    of testing the Larrabee, which is also confirmed by the showcased
    300mm wafer that contained the Larrabee chips. According to a recent
    news-article on French-language Hardware, the chips were significantly
    large, similar to those of NVIDIA's 65nm-based GT200 models. Their
    size and many-core architecture would most likely require a lot of

    One of the main mysteries surrounding Intel's upcoming Larrabee chips
    is related to the process technology that is going to be used in their
    manufacturing process. There are some reports that suggest Intel is
    going for the 45nm approach, but given the company's plan to ramp up
    the adoption of 32nm production lines, there's a good chance we'll be
    seeing 32nm Larrabee chips sooner rather than later.

    sprite scaler, Apr 11, 2009
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