Intel Demos Larrabee Hardware

During the second IDF 2009 keynote, by Sean Maloney (Exec. VP and General Manager of Intel Architecture Group), we were briefly treated to the first public demonstration of Intel's upcoming enthusiast GPU code-named Larrabee. Intel has stated in the past that Larrabee based products are expect at the end of 2009 or early 2010, but if its debut is any indication, it looks like they still have some work to do.

As part of the keynote, we were quickly shown a single ray-tracing demo running on actual pre-production Larrabee hardware. It was a single scene from the same ray-tracing demo Intel has used in the past with its regular CPUs - a level from Enemy Territory: Quake Wars running through Intel's software raytracer. The image quality was pretty good, but the framerate was visibly choppy, and it wasn't a particularly complex or impressive scene.

Beyond that, Intel revealed almost nothing. No die sizes, number of cores, clock rates, or performance in traditional DirectX or OpenGL games. The most interesting tidbid seemed like an afterthought at the end of the demo, when Maloney casually mentioned, "We'll be incorporating this into a future CPU, at some point." This is the first confirmation of what we've assumed all along: that some sort of Larrabee derivative is destined to be integrated into future Intel CPUs as the integrated graphics solution. Is Larrabee (in some form) destined to be the IGP for Sandy Bridge, the next-generation Intel CPU architecture due in late 2010?

Follow Jason Cross on twitter or visit his blog.

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags Intel Developer ForumIDFgpuDirectX11

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Jason Cross

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Essentials

James Cook University - Master of Data Science Online Course

Learn more >

Mobile

Exec

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?