Intel Larrabee: Many-core graphics card is cancelled - Update: AMD and Nvidia shares are on the rise
Larrabee is history. Intel revealed that the project won't reach the retail market. Reasons for this decision are not clear, but apparently Larrabee wouldn't stand a chance against AMD and Nvidia in its current form. Research does continue though.
Original article December 8, 2009
With Larrabee Intel at least kept the chance alive that someday an alternative or even replacement for the current graphics card technology might be released. But that won't happen very soon now. Intel is said to have confirmed to US media that graphics cards based on the first generation of the Larrabee technology will not hit the retail markets. But the research project is continued.
At the last IDF Intel had nevertheless shown a graphics card which even exceeded the Teraflop limit if you spurred the chip a little. But this device will never hit the mass markets. Intel is said to have reasoned that the currently running Larrabee project did not match the expectations set into hard- and software. Which most likely means: Currently AMD and Nvidia cannot be beaten.
But it is clear that Intel is convinced by the technology. Therefore the current Larrabee project is supposed to become valuable next year - for software development. Of course new rumors are spreading fast, saying Intel is focusing research on the development of the second Larrabee generation to contain hardware problems.
Update: December 8, 2009
We recently received a statement from Luciano Alibrandi, Nvidia's PR Chief for Europe, Middle East and Africa:
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.
but the announcement that Larrabee is cancelled, has also had an effect on the stock exchange. AMD and Nvidia benefit as one might expect. Especially Nvidia has one less competitor on the HPC market and thus the Fermi architecture will primarily have to face conventional CPUs only. But besides the two graphics card manufacturers also Intel shares got a slight plus lately.
Meanwhile there had been rumors spread, saying that Intel had cancelled Larrabee because of an imminent legal dispute with Nvidia. But this has not been confirmed from any side yet.
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