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Intel Confirms 'Larrabee' First Half 2010; No Delay

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 55 comments

Larrabee silicon snapped by chip paparazzi.

While many of us are running either an ATI or Nvidia GPU in our systems, the world’s largest maker of graphics chips is Intel.

Thanks to its integrated graphics, Intel’s GPUs are the most common ones on the market. They are, however, chosen for their cost and integration rather than performance. Intel is looking to change that with Larrabee, which will also be a GPGPU.

Intel spoke at the at the opening of Saarland University's Visual Computing Institute and revealed that Larrabee uses 32 processor cores and mates each of these with its own vector math unit, according to Guru3D.

German site PCGamesHardware also has a blurry picture of the Larrabee die, which shows each of the processor cores along with cache memory and a memory interface.

Guru3D noted in its story that Intel's Joseph Schultz said Larrabee was pushed back from its original target, but we spoke to Intel to get the full story.

“There is no delay. We always said it would launch in the 2009/2010 timeframe,” an Intel representative told Tom’s Hardware. “We are narrowing that timeframe to the 1st half of 2010.”

Larrabee is healthy and in our labs right now,” added the representative. “There will be multiple versions of Larrabee over time. We are not releasing additional details at this time.”

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    frozenlead , May 15, 2009 7:13 PM
    Awaiting benchmarks.
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    Shadow703793 , May 15, 2009 8:42 PM
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    megamanx00 , May 15, 2009 7:05 PM
    Sure, but can it play Crysis?
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    frozenlead , May 15, 2009 7:13 PM
    Awaiting benchmarks.
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    starryman , May 15, 2009 7:15 PM
    I just love the full in-depth news coverage here. More like a press release. Snore.
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    computabug , May 15, 2009 7:46 PM
    Any have any thoughts (or better yet, facts) about the average price Larrabee's gonna be at in 2011-ish? I mean like, is it high end like Intel SSD's (way over-priced) or will it be around the same price as the GTX/48XX's right now?
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    Rancifer7 , May 15, 2009 7:48 PM
    Now the real question comes to price. If it will be more expensive and harder to integrate with existing apps, will it catch on with the integrated market. My guess is that for the market Intel is going for, cost effectiveness is key.
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    slickuser , May 15, 2009 7:53 PM
    >> harder to integrate with existing apps

    I believe it will support openGL & DirectX. you can search on google for this.
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    dman3k , May 15, 2009 8:04 PM
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    cruiseoveride , May 15, 2009 8:05 PM
    slickuser>> harder to integrate with existing appsI believe it will support openGL & DirectX. you can search on google for this.

    But unlike modern GPUs that have the commands stored on the chip, the lazybee will need a library to translate regular x86 into DirectX/OpenGL commands. Mad overhead if you ask me.
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    Shadow703793 , May 15, 2009 8:37 PM
    dman3kEvil ranking of organizations and groups in America:p URE EVIL = ApplePURE EVIL = ScientologyPURE EVIL = MonsantoSIGNIFICANTLY EVIL = IntelSIGNIFICANTLY EVIL = GOPSIGNIFICANTLY EVIL = Philip MorrisPATHETIC AND EVIL = HalliburtonPATHETIC AND EVIL = Fox NewsPATHETIC AND EVIL = ComcastEVIL = MicrosoftEVIL = AT&TEVIL = Bank of AmericaALMOST EVIL = SonyALMOST EVIL = NCAA ALMOST EVIL = NRA

    Dude! That deserves an award. Brilliant!
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    crisisavatar , May 15, 2009 8:40 PM
    I will be building my new system around this timeframe, bad news is that things like this will have me waiting for a couple of more months for better hardware.

    Btw I think that unless Intel lunches this first generation of GPUs at a low price is not going to be accepted too well.
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    Shadow703793 , May 15, 2009 8:42 PM
    Add to the EVIL list:

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    curnel_D , May 15, 2009 9:00 PM
    We've been hearing 'news' itendical to this for months now. Infact, if it wasnt for my laziness, I'm certain I could go back through the toms archive and find an article that says every bit of this, including the part about intel delays.

    Just stop until we actually have news to report. Please.
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    hellwig , May 15, 2009 9:09 PM
    I don't think Larrabee will do so well. The article states that most people just buy Intel GPUs cause they're cheap and already on the motherboard. In fact, most poeple who have an Intel GPU probably just bought an off-the-shelf computer and don't even know what a GPU is (anyone actual CHOOSE to purchase an Intel GPU over an NVIDIA or ATI when going on-board?).

    Intel is going to now have to convince people that the GPU is in fact worth extra money and space in the computer. The only way to do that is performance/price, and they haven't shown any evidence yet that they can compete in that market.
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    Tindytim , May 15, 2009 9:33 PM
    I'm interested in using vector texures in games, rather than inefficient raster ones, I'm wonder if this would force a move towards something like that?
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    The Schnoz , May 15, 2009 9:34 PM
    dman3kEvil ranking of organizations and groups in America:p URE EVIL = ApplePURE EVIL = ScientologyPURE EVIL = MonsantoSIGNIFICANTLY EVIL = IntelSIGNIFICANTLY EVIL = GOPSIGNIFICANTLY EVIL = Philip MorrisPATHETIC AND EVIL = HalliburtonPATHETIC AND EVIL = Fox NewsPATHETIC AND EVIL = ComcastEVIL = MicrosoftEVIL = AT&TEVIL = Bank of AmericaALMOST EVIL = SonyALMOST EVIL = NCAA ALMOST EVIL = NRA

    This shit is totally biased. Try to generalize. Replace GOP with All Politicians, replace Fox News with all biased media, replace Comcast with Time Warner, remove Microsoft, replace Halliburton with War Profiteers, replace Scientology with all organized religion, Sony should be higher on the list, NRA should be removed too.
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    computabug , May 15, 2009 9:34 PM
    @ hellwig

    Yes, people choose Intel GPU's. Specifically (cheap) system builders :) 

    And then Intel would also be advertising for Nvidia/ATI
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    JeBuSBrian , May 15, 2009 10:00 PM
    Yam, learn to proof-read.
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    war2k9 , May 15, 2009 10:04 PM
    buzznutI think Apple and micro$oft need to switch places. Maybe Apple could be more like almost evil.I say throw out the NCAA and put the NBA right at the top next to M$.


    I agree with you.

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    Tindytim , May 15, 2009 11:20 PM
    buzznutI say throw out the NCAA and put the NBA right at the top next to M$.

    How about the NAACP and Feminism instead?
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