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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