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Intel’s Larrabee chip gets delayed , disappoints Linux users

Intel’s Larrabee chip gets delayed , disappoints Linux users


Larrabee, an Intel graphics chip, a multi-core x86 Processor geared for consumer graphics and technical computing which was originally expected to surface in 2008 is delayed once again. The chip targeted the high-end niche graphics markets owned by AMD and Nvidia much above the usual realm of Intel's existing low-performance integrated graphics cores. Linux users are most disappointed with this delay as they depend on Intel's technology for their graphics needs while Mac and Windows users have more advanced graphics options at their disposal.  Intel has now announced that its Larrabee graphics processor will initially appear as a software development platform only and will not be released as a standalone graphics product. There are many reasons why. Intel is not meeting performance goals as became apparent at the SC09 supercomputing conference last month. Also the main problem zone seems to be hardware since Larrabee is a mammoth complicated project much outside of Intel’s comfort zone.


It is not all bad news for Intel. Though it couldn't have the Larrabee software up and running on time to go head to head with NVIDIA and AMD, Intel can still release the hardware to other companies to use for graphics and High Performance Computing. Hence the plan seems to be to release it as a development platform for doing multi- and many-core research for HPC and graphics. The Larrabee delay is obviously good for NVIDIA and AMD who can continue to hog the GPU market in the immediate future.


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Lavenya Dilip was responsible for Marketing at Green Rack Systems.