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Intel Larrabee to have 32-cores, ship in 2010

updated 04:50 pm EDT, Thu May 14, 2009

Intel Larrabee 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.

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. [via PC Perspective and Heise]




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  1. shawnde

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -10

    re: X86

    If there is one company that CANNOT think outside of the box, it's Intel.

    Man, I don't know how long it's been, but X86 has been around a long time. It is one archaic piece of SH*T for an instruction set, and a very very outdated design by any account.

    If they even gave an honest attempt at a new instruction set (even one borrowed or licensed), I'm sure they'd do wonders.

    Every respectable chip foundry has at least 2 or 3 different instruction sets for different markets. Intel, only has ONE; X86. No matter what it is, they want to stuff it with the old 386.

    You gotta microwave, yeah, here you go, X86. You gotta smartphone, yeah ... X86. You gotta desktop .... X86, Server ..... X86, Game Console .... X86, graphics processor ..... X86?

    Jesus it's getting tiresome. Get over it; move on. It wasn't that great anyway.

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