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What Nvidia Had to Say About Larrabee's Delay

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Making a parallel computing chip is hard, says Nvidia.

This past weekend Intel announced that its plans for the graphics processor codenamed 'Larrabee' have been put on hold.

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.

This news boosted shares of Nvidia and AMD, thanks mostly due to Intel's delay in its plans to compete in the graphics space.

We were interested to find out what the major graphics players had to say regarding Intel's shift in plans for Larrabee.

"The fact that a company with Intel's technical prowess and financial resources has struggled so hard to succeed with parallel computing shows just how exceptionally difficult a challenge this is," said Victor Martinez, a spokesman for Nvidia.

Yesterday, AMD predictably told us that it was proud of having established both a CPU and GPU business.

"With only CPU, or GPU, a company is limited in its ability to respond to the needs of the industry," Dave Erskine, Graphics Public Relations of AMD, told Tom's Hardware.

Larrabee's architecture was different from today's GPUs because it was based on a Pentium P54C design uses the x86 instruction set.

"It really comes down to design philosophy," said Erskine. "GPUs are hard to design and you can’t design one with a CPU-centric approach that utilizes existing x86 cores."

Want to know what a premiere game developer thinks of Larrabee? Read Tim Sweeney's (of Epic Games and Unreal Engine fame) reaction here.

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    sstym , December 8, 2009 4:48 PM
    I think they also said "That'll teach you to shut us off the chipset market, d*cks".
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    sunflier , December 8, 2009 5:11 PM
    Quote:
    What Nvidia Had to Say About Larrabee's Delay

    "BWWAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!"
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    thedipper , December 8, 2009 5:33 PM
    "Making a parallel computing chip is hard, says Nvidia."

    Apparently so is making their current-gen GPU.
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  • 35 Hide
    sstym , December 8, 2009 4:48 PM
    I think they also said "That'll teach you to shut us off the chipset market, d*cks".
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    roofus , December 8, 2009 4:52 PM
    i expected more showmanship for the green team. its early though..
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    redgarl , December 8, 2009 5:01 PM
    Well well... seriously who didn't knew that Nvidia was going to say something too... >:p 
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    neodude007 , December 8, 2009 5:02 PM
    Would have been nice to see Intel compete in GPUs for all our sake since it should have driven prices down and innovation and performance up. Boo
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    jonpaul37 , December 8, 2009 5:03 PM
    i'm surprised that Jen-Hsun Huang hasn't issued a statement, totally verbally raping Intel on this one..., wasn't it he who crowned it "Laughabee"?
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    scook9 , December 8, 2009 5:03 PM
    roofusi expected more showmanship for the green team. its early though..


    LOL

    Since when have Intel and Nvidia respected eachother?! Are you aware of the chipset war between them right now?!
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    Jerky_san , December 8, 2009 5:07 PM
    This failure in part of Intel might give AMD its chance to shine if it actually attempts to exploit it.. Nvidia can also go with its "x86" processor and make a combined core as well..
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    sunflier , December 8, 2009 5:11 PM
    Quote:
    What Nvidia Had to Say About Larrabee's Delay

    "BWWAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!"
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    jacobdrj , December 8, 2009 5:16 PM
    Wouldn't it be funny if Intel tomorrow actually released Larrabee, and it was awesome?

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    DjEaZy , December 8, 2009 5:18 PM
    ... x86 is all, that intel haz...
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    Herbert_HA , December 8, 2009 5:28 PM
    Such a small comment...the article has more references to what AMD said then Nvidia, and all of it was already in yesterday's piece.
    Dig more, journalists!
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    thedipper , December 8, 2009 5:33 PM
    "Making a parallel computing chip is hard, says Nvidia."

    Apparently so is making their current-gen GPU.
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    jacobdrj , December 8, 2009 5:33 PM
    DjEaZy... x86 is all, that intel haz...

    SSD?
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    roofus , December 8, 2009 5:39 PM
    scook9LOLSince when have Intel and Nvidia respected eachother?! Are you aware of the chipset war between them right now?!


    I even typed it slow for better comprehension and of course somebody didn't get it. What you are saying makes my point. I expected some fur to fly and their response was relatively tame. Nvidia usually makes very harsh comments towards Intel and this was weak going by their previous banterings.
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    Merlanni , December 8, 2009 5:43 PM
    Intel would have becomed to powerfull. All the oem's would be forced to use their chip, killing Nvidia and AMD in one blow. Intel can underprice both away if they ever succeed.

    And we know what happens next.
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    Merlanni , December 8, 2009 5:43 PM
    Intel would have becomed to powerfull. All the oem's would be forced to use their chip, killing Nvidia and AMD in one blow. Intel can underprice both away if they ever succeed.

    And we know what happens next.
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    Zoonie , December 8, 2009 5:49 PM
    Quote:
    "The fact that a company with Intel's technical prowess and financial resources has struggled so hard to succeed with parallel computing shows just how exceptionally difficult a challenge this is," said Victor Martinez, a spokesman for Nvidia.


    This would be the only thing related to the title of this article. The rest is taken from earlier article about what AMD had to say.. C'mon guys, you get paid by article or what?
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    hellwig , December 8, 2009 6:27 PM
    thedipper"Making a parallel computing chip is hard, says Nvidia."
    Apparently so is making their current-gen GPU.


    Agreed, its been 18-months since NVIDIA realeased a new GPU chipset. They couldn't even scale-down their GTS-200 for over a year (turn-off does not equal scale-down i.e. 280 -> 260).

    Nvidia, who single-handedly shut-down 3DFx (before buying them), has run into a wall trying to introduce a new architecture, what made Intel think it could duct-tape a bunch of Pentium Pros together and call it a GPU? Sorry Intel, you missed the train when you let AMD buy ATI. You've now pissed off Nvidia with your ridiculous chipset licensing, so who does that leave? Matrox? SGI? I doubt Intel will ever be a player in the commercial GPU after-market.
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    apache_lives , December 8, 2009 7:21 PM
    i still get the feeling 45nm and 32nm wernt enough for first gen larrabee designs, pushing the card beyond the limits of the pcie slot + power connectors (perhaps from inefficency too)
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    Shadow703793 , December 8, 2009 7:43 PM
    thedipper"Making a parallel computing chip is hard, says Nvidia."Apparently so is making their current-gen GPU.

    LOL! So nVidia where is the GT3xx cards?
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