New Intel CPU Threatens GPU Obsolesence with Integrated Graphics Processing

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.:

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sak5004323d ago

I still feel shivers from last intel accelerated graphics chipset..

Bangladesh4323d ago

Agreed. I have yet to see a hybrid chip that isn't a b*tch for developers or that has outperformed a cpu & gpu chip set.

Yuji Naka4323d ago

Agreed, I'd rather use AMD's...

Fishy Fingers4323d ago (Edited 4323d ago )

Larrabee isn't new, information has been circulating for sometime now. While it >may< provide a cost effective way for people to get into PC gaming it will not replace high end GPU's.

Maybe in years from now similar tech will come to fruition, but not anytime soon.

kalos4323d ago

I agree with you Fishy. Developers are never ones to rush right onto the newest and greatest thing instantly (see: 64 bit gaming/multicore programming/SLI), only after there is a wide playerbase established to actually make it worth the effort to reach out and bestow benifits for those people. We aren't going to see them shift to a dramatically different method of coding graphics for their games overnight; games take years to develop anyhow so they'd take quite a while even if they were playing around with the engineering samples.

DJ4323d ago (Edited 4323d ago )

The Larabee architecture shares a very big feature from Cell Architecture, which is the high-bandwidth ring bus for inter-core communication. Very smart move that will encourage data streaming, similar to what we see in game consoles.

It's not a replacement for dedicated GPU cards, but it is a step in the right direction.

TheIneffableBob4323d ago

I read the extensive write-up on Larrabee on AnandTech. Larrabee seems really interesting, but Intel is going to have a lot of competition. If they don't get Larrabee to work well in existing D3D/OGL games, then it'll be a failure.

Zerodin4323d ago

HA! Pull the other one!

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