Intel Larrabee to have 32-cores, ships in 2010
Intel at the opening of Saarland University's Visual Computing Institute on Wednesday gave clues as to its plans for its many-core Larrabee graphics processor. In a presentation to guests, the semiconductor firm showed that the design uses 32 processor cores and mates each of these with its own vector math unit, allowing each core to process very specialized tasks very efficiently. They also have a pool of cache memory and a memory interface on their edges.
Larrabee will combine a large array of Intel Architecture (i.e. x86) cores with a brand-new cache architecture, a new vector instruction set, and a new vector processing unit. Gelsinger specified that Larrabee's programmable architecture will allow it to accelerate anything from high-definition video and audio processing to physics, artificial intelligence, and global illumination. it's confirmed that Larrabee will be compatible with DirectX and OpenGL application programming interfaces, so Larrabee should be able to run existing games.
Additionally, Intel's Joseph Schultz mentioned at the event that it has moved back the launch of Larrabee from its original late-2009 target to the first half of 2010. The reasons for the delay weren't mentioned.
Larrabee is Intel's first relatively high-performance graphics design and is intended to overcome the flexibility problems of dedicated video chipsets. By using many x86-based cores, the company hopes to give developers a heavily programmable architecture that lets them handle custom visual effects as well as running many tasks at once.
Intel launches Atom D525 and D425 - 06/23/2010 09:07 AM
Intel reports its Atom D525 and D425 chips are now available in nettops. Entry-level desktop PCs based on the Intel Atom processors D525 and D425 with support for DDR3 memory technology are now availa...
Intel Launch Six-Core but 8-Core Chips as well - 02/04/2010 06:34 PM
Well, if you had any doubt that multi-core processors would not be the future, think again. Loads of rumors and details already hit the web regarding both Intel's and AMD's six core processors. But as...
Intel Larrabee Larrabee demo Surfaces - 09/24/2009 08:24 AM
Running an actual pre-production Larrabee graphics card
Intel Larrabee whitepaper discusses Physics - 05/10/2009 03:44 PM
The gentlemen from intel published a nine-page long whitepaper that discusses some asspects of game physics performance of the Larrabee architecture, you can read it over here. Intel: Game physics is...
Intel Larrabee to be huge and expensive - 04/14/2009 08:31 AM
Bright Side of News reports the Larrabee wafer that Pat Gelsinger showed off at the Intel Developer Forum in Beijing last week contains 64 Larrabee dies, each measuring around 600 square millimeters. ...