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Intel still wants many-core graphics produtcs

Larrabee 2 is still possible

Larrabee won't be coming as a consumer level graphics card soon, but according to a company representative the project is still alive.
Intel's Larrabee project is still alive
 
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Just recently Intel announced that the first generation of Larrabee will not be used as a base for retail graphics cards. PC Games Hardware had already reported about the new situation and the impact on the market. Now we received some answers from an Intel representative who reveals that although the current state the Larrabee technology is in, does not match with the expectations, Intel still wants to provide many-core graphics cards in the future and that discrete graphics products will be discussed in 2010. So probably we will see Larrabee 2 someday.

PCGH: The cancellation of Larrabee as a desktop graphics card was a surprise. Which problems did you face during the development process? What are the plans for the future?
Intel: Our first Larrabee product will not be launched as a standalone discrete graphics product, but rather be used as a software development platform for internal and external use. Larrabee is a large complex, multi year project that is aimed at creating a new architectural approach to graphics and to high performance computing. The performance of the initial Larrabee product for throughput computing applications -- as demonstrated at SC09 -- is extremely promising and we will be adding an HPC development platform based on Larrabee, too. While we are disappointed that the product is not yet where we expected, we remain committed to delivering world-class many-core graphics products to our customers. Additional plans for discrete graphics products will be discussed some time in 2010. Our plans to deliver the world's first CPU's with integrated graphics this month are unchanged.
PCGH: Is the desktop graphics card project within Intel still alive? Will there be initiatives in the future?
Intel: While we are disappointed that the product is not yet where we expected, we remain committed to delivering world-class many-core graphics products to our customers. Additional plans for discrete graphics products will be discussed some time in 2010.
PCGH: Is Larrabee technology part of future products like integrated graphics?
Intel: We have not announced timeframes for CPU integration, and we will update the status of our graphic plan over time.
More articles related to Intel's Larrabee:
- Intel Larrabee: Many-core graphics card is cancelled - Update: AMD and Nvidia shares are on the rise
- IDF 2009: Larrabee demonstrated for the first time - Intel's graphics card calculates Ray Tracing scene



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Author: Kristoffer Keipp (Dec 08, 2009)






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ironduke Re: Larrabee 2 is still possible
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09.12.2009 05:34
I think this will be a deadend for intel. I bet AMD and nVidia already have plans for something alike, and lets not forget 3DFX used multiple GPU's on their cards, so this idea is not new. The biggest pinch is the system bus being the bottleneck.

As GPU's are now pushing faster than CPU's, it might not be a bad idea to build the PC around the Ghraphics, rather than build it round the CPU.

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