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· No sir, I don't like it.
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Hilbert Hagedoorn (Guru3D) said:
A massive developing story today as Larrabee in pure GPU has been canceled. The world’s biggest chip maker has been working for years on Larrabee, a chip with dozens of cores for processing graphics. It was the company’s major competitive thrust at Nvidia and the graphics division of Advanced Micro Devices. But the company has canceled the consumer version of Larrabee

.“Larrabee silicon and software development are behind where we had hoped to be at this point in the project,” said Nick Knuppfler, a spokesman for Intel in Santa Clara, Calif. “Larrabee will not be a consumer product.”

In other words, it’s not entirely dead. It’s mostly dead. Instead of launching the chip in the consumer market, Intel will make it available as a software development platform for both internal and external developers. Those developers can use it to develop software that can run in high-performance computers.

But Knuppfler said that Intel will continue to work on stand-alone graphics chip designs. He said the company would have more to say about that in 2010.

The setback will allow Nvidia and AMD to breathe sighs of relief. Intel was offering a very different architecture that would have competed with the stand-alone graphics chips that those companies make. In one manner of measurement, Intel said the performance of the initial Larrabee design for “throughput computing” applications used in supercomputers is “extremely promising.” The design drew praise and interest at the Game Developers Conference this year. Evidently, however, the consumer graphics performance was weak.

Intel will still continue to make graphics components that are integrated into PC support chips known as chip sets. But those are typically not good enough to run high-end 3-D games and high-resolution videos.

Looks like the rumors of Fermi's theoretical performance alone was enough to finally convince Intel to stop before they really embarrass themselves. Good news overall as Intel already has a large share of the GPU market due to their crappy integrated chipsets.

· Heroes Might& Magic Champ
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This doesn't mean the end to larabee according to intel, just the end of this iteration of the larabee.

Intel is still planning on making use of this architecture in future gpus.
Anandtech is saying the next one might come in 2011 or 2012.

We should know more about the Larrabee situation next year, as Intel is already planning on an announcement at some point in 2010. Our best guess is that Intel will announce the next Larrabee chip at that time, with a product release in 2011 or 2012. Much of this will depend on what the hardware problem was and what process node Intel wants to use. If Intel just needs the ability to pack more cores on to a Larrabee chip then 2011 is a reasonable target, otherwise if there’s a more fundamental issue then 2012 is more likely. This lines up with the process nodes for those years: if they go for 2011 they hit the 2nd year of their 32nm process, otherwise if they launched in 2012 they would be able to launch it as one of the first products on the 22nm process.

For that matter, Since the Larrabee project was not killed, it’s a safe assumption that any future Larrabee chips are going to be based on the same architectural design. The vibe from Intel is that the problem is Larrabee Prime and not the Larrabee architecture itself. The idea of an x86 many-cores GPU is still alive and well.

· Curiously Cheddar
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Well this was unexpected.

Even though odds are someone like me will never come in direct contact with larrabee, it would've been interesting to see how the market changed to compete with it.

Guess we'll just have to wait another year or two before seeing anything.

· Registered Anime Hater
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Good news overall as Intel already has a large share of the GPU market due to their crappy integrated chipsets.
They should do something about that before jumping neck-first into competition with Nvidia and ATI. Their strongest integrated graphic chipset, the GMA X4500 is about as strong as a GeForce FX5200 at best. I'm not asking for too much, but something along the lines of a 7600GT or 7800GT would be welcome.

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So basically... they are not going to offer a graphics card that has about as much performance as a 6600GT to the general public anymore. Instead, they will tout it as being able to guide billions of missiles and try to sell it at a higher price point to a market full of people who still use 98' techs?


Even the ray-tracing capabilities don't impress... it ray-traces Quake 4 at something like 13fps. I'd hate... seeing how it performs with actual games in DirectX mode. And Intel has not been known for "good" GPU drivers.
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