What Nvidia Had to Say About Larrabee's Delay

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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Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • sstym
    I think they also said "That'll teach you to shut us off the chipset market, d*cks".
  • roofus
    i expected more showmanship for the green team. its early though..
  • redgarl
    Well well... seriously who didn't knew that Nvidia was going to say something too... >:P
  • neodude007
    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
  • jonpaul37
    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"?
  • scook9
    roofusi expected more showmanship for the green team. its early though..

    Since when have Intel and Nvidia respected eachother?! Are you aware of the chipset war between them right now?!
  • Jerky_san
    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..
  • sunflier
    What Nvidia Had to Say About Larrabee's Delay
  • jacobdrj
    Wouldn't it be funny if Intel tomorrow actually released Larrabee, and it was awesome?

  • DjEaZy
    ... x86 is all, that intel haz...