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Intel's Larrabee Delayed Indefinitely

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Intel officials say that Larrabee is being delayed indefinitely.

This past weekend Intel announced that its plans for the graphics processor codenamed 'Larrabee' have been put on hold. According to Reuters, Intel reps cited delays in the project that would make 'Larrabee' uncompetitive.

Intel's Nick Knupffer said yesterday that the company had decided to delay plans for the graphics card because Larrabee's silicon and software development are behind where it had hoped they would be at this point in time. Knupffer went on to say that Intel's first Larrabee project would be used as a software development platform for both graphic and high performance computing.

We've been hearing about Larrabee for almost three years so hearing the whole thing has been shelved is a bit of a shock. Intel first began discussing the project in April of 2007. Over the last two and a half years, working samples were shown and the company promised a 2009 launch, later delayed to a 2010 launch. Today a question mark hangs over Intel's plans to take on Nvidia and AMD in the graphics market. Intel says it plans to discuss Larrabee again in 2010.

"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," Knupffer said, according to PCMag. "Additional plans for discrete graphics products will be discussed some time in 2010."

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    vertigo_2000 , December 7, 2009 11:49 AM
    Intel NOT inside.

    I guess it CAN'T run Crysis.
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    tester24 , December 7, 2009 11:50 AM
    HA! that's rich... World class and intel graphics really shouldn't be in the same sentence together.
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    PrangeWay , December 7, 2009 12:08 PM
    Anyone who is shocked by this was denying reality. When they announced it THREE years ago it was "as fast as currenty high-end", than 1.5 years ago it was "about 80% as fast as currenty high-end (pre 4870/260&280). Now we're into the 5000's and Fermi is in 3 months, what are they 40%? At probably higher cost? This was dead 2.5 years ago, that Intel finally admitted it is the only shocking part...
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  • 36 Hide
    vertigo_2000 , December 7, 2009 11:49 AM
    Intel NOT inside.

    I guess it CAN'T run Crysis.
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    cliffro , December 7, 2009 11:49 AM
    Not disappointed, not excited either. Gives nvidia some breathing room though.
  • 27 Hide
    tester24 , December 7, 2009 11:50 AM
    HA! that's rich... World class and intel graphics really shouldn't be in the same sentence together.
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    San Pedro , December 7, 2009 11:51 AM
    Not Surprised.
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    PrangeWay , December 7, 2009 12:08 PM
    Anyone who is shocked by this was denying reality. When they announced it THREE years ago it was "as fast as currenty high-end", than 1.5 years ago it was "about 80% as fast as currenty high-end (pre 4870/260&280). Now we're into the 5000's and Fermi is in 3 months, what are they 40%? At probably higher cost? This was dead 2.5 years ago, that Intel finally admitted it is the only shocking part...
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    theubersmurf , December 7, 2009 12:08 PM
    San PedroNot Surprised.
    You just violated your own rule. :p 

    I heard the project was scrapped altogether. Link.
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    pullmyfinger123 , December 7, 2009 12:08 PM
    looks like that 1.2B cash settlement with AMD must have consumed all of Larrabee's budget...
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    theubersmurf , December 7, 2009 12:09 PM
    tester24HA! that's rich... World class and intel graphics really shouldn't be in the same sentence together.
    Or rather, you just violated your own rule...not san Pedro. :p 
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    anamaniac , December 7, 2009 12:09 PM
    =(

    I wanted to run a 4P motherboard running four hexacore i9's with 8 sockets for 48 core Larrabees.
    Oh well...
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    mirkos , December 7, 2009 12:14 PM
    I m sure that Intel is co-op with Blizzard to create this product. It should be ready two days before Diablo 3 and Duke Nukem simultaneous launch.
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    mindless728 , December 7, 2009 12:25 PM
    this is unfortunate, i kind of wanted to use a GPU with x86 instruction set, though i wouldn't use it for gaming, just programming
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    mitch074 , December 7, 2009 12:26 PM
    It does look like Nvidia was right belittling Larrabee...
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    JAYDEEJOHN , December 7, 2009 12:30 PM
    Too many mountains to climb, on new approach, new never been done drivers, new driver teams in a fast moving market Intel has no imput in.
    Can it be done later?
    HKMG, BW limitations on newer gpus and getting a huge bump in next iteration of LRB will decide if we ever see it in a discrete form, as well as the new fusion type products as well
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    trinix , December 7, 2009 12:31 PM
    I have to agree, not really surprised, after the last delay, they would just be put even further back and nothing to shoot for.

    it might be unfortunate, but in the end, not unexpected. Ati has shown what you need to make to win the gpu market. They have pushed the market this time and Intel just couldn't compare after the 4800 first and now the 5800, it's just a bridge too far.

    Let's hope nvidia can get some good 300 products out soon.
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    jonpaul37 , December 7, 2009 12:40 PM
    I really don't know how Intel thought this was going to be a good idea. They really have nothing to R&D off of. Nvidia & ATI both have their previous generations to use as a starting point for their next gen products. Intel has nothing more than on-board graphics with horrible code.

    Unless Intel figured something out that ATI/Nvidia has not, it'll never work.
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    climber , December 7, 2009 12:43 PM
    Look like Intel followed the adage "stick to what you're good at".
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    back_by_demand , December 7, 2009 12:46 PM
    Epic, epic FAIL

    Intel, why dont you stick to your corner making CPU's and leave the graphics business to the grown ups.
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    womble , December 7, 2009 12:48 PM
    Well I imagine the general consensus will be 'no surprise whatsoever'. They have never had much expertise in the area and their lacklustre integrated GPUs have hardly come on in leaps and bounds over the years. A bit much to expect them to just wade in and trounce everyone. They have made some good CPUs, but really most of those are evolutions of designs they already had, not as if the Core Duo started from scratch.

    I don't think the idea is dead, might make for a beefy co-processing board for specialist apps. Depends on how well the direct compute thing goes I suppose. I wonder how difficult it would have been to software interface it to OpenGL or DirectX, graphic drivers have never been a strong point with them.

    You never know, perhaps they'll switch to using those 10GHz P4 they promised. Mind you having the equivalent of a small sun in the case might not be good for global warming...
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    hixbot , December 7, 2009 12:51 PM
    Here's the scoop: Intel finished designing the product, built a prototype, discovered it sucks compared to the competition, tossed it in the trash.
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    Onus , December 7, 2009 1:04 PM
    The math is really simple on this one. INTEL + GRAPHICS = FAIL. When has that not been true? Adding lots of MONEY on the left side of the equation just puts an EPIC on the right.
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