Shacknews reports: "A new chip unveiled by hardware maker Intel will reintegrate graphics processing into the CPU with DirectX and OpenGL support, according to TechReport. Dubbed "Larrabee", the chip was unveiled at this year's Siggraph conference and sports a variety of new technical features. The CPU is said to offer better scaling of its cores, with a quad-core chip four times faster than its single-core counterpart.
Should the CPU-based graphical rendering capabilities prove viable to developers, Larrabee could serve as a cost-efficient alternative to expensive PC video cards, such as those produced by AMD and Nvidia. Intel expects engineering samples of the chip by the end of the year, followed by a general market release in late 2009 to early 2010.: