Intel Showcases Dunnington, Nehalem and Larrabee Processors

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Intel's Gelsinger brought their quick, efficient press conference to a close with a shot across the bow of NVIDIA and AMD-ATI, giving us a view into their forward-looking Larrabee visual computing architecture.  Only described by Gelsinger as a "many core" design, Larrabee is expected to take advantage of a scalable array of IA cores and a new cache architecture, along with a new vector instruction set; complimentary to, or a super-set perhaps of AVX.
 

 

Larrabee will also have a custom-designed vector processing unit and a highly programmable architecture that will make it useful for traditional graphics workloads HD Digital Video processing and 3D effects like global illumination.  And although Intel will be fostering other methods of 3D rendering like ray-tracing, the chip will be compatible with DirectX and OpenGL and is expected to offer "competitive" performance to incumbent GPU architectures from NVIDIA and AMD-ATI.  Gelsinger was quick to point out that the ISV and developers he has spoken to about Larrabee are extremely excited about its prospects, more so than any other architecture he's been involved with recently at Intel.  We're told that Intel will demo Larrabee later this year with a launch sometime in 2009 or beyond.

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frg1 6 years ago

 i wonder how good of a gpu intel can make

peti1212 6 years ago

I wonder how fast would the 8-core or the 6-core processor render in a 3D application. :). It's time for intel to integrade a bit of a graphics power into their CPUs, because rendering times would be much better that way. Just take a look at 3DMark06, when the CPU test is going on and when the graphical tests, you see a big difference.

Anonymous 6 years ago

It really sucks that Dunnington is for servers only

AjayD 6 years ago
This is exactly the type of article I look forward to reading the most. Intel certainly has some promising technologies waiting to be deployed. With Larrabee on Intel's horizon, companies like AMD-ATI and NVIDIA really need to be on their toes so as not to get capsized by Intel's wake. It looks like the stage is set for serious developments in 3D graphics to finally begin.
frg1 6 years ago

 one good thing about intel getting into the graphics could possible be lower prices and newer gpus coming out alot more often

Kamrooz 6 years ago

[quote user="AjayD"]This is exactly the type of article I look forward to reading the most. Intel certainly has some promising technologies waiting to be deployed. With Larrabee on Intel's horizon, companies like AMD-ATI and NVIDIA really need to be on their toes so as not to get capsized by Intel's wake. It looks like the stage is set for serious developments in 3D graphics to finally begin.[/quote] 

I agree man ^_^...I've been waiting for the IDF for a while...Great to get information before hand =D.

I know Nehalem is going to be a monster, but I'm mostly curious on Larabee more than anything else...I really can't wait till 2009 to see a demonstration of what it's truly capable of =D. 

Anonymous 6 years ago

i do not put my hopes up that Larrabee will be better than a ATI/NV solution

Kamrooz 6 years ago

[quote user="CoolZone"]

i do not put my hopes up that Larrabee will be better than a ATI/NV solution

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They are compeltely different in the way they process...So I'm curious to see the performance. Although Larabee without a doubt will be better for ray tracing..Which I believe the future will be a mixture of Ray tracing and Rasterizing technologies...The future does indeed look bright atm =P. 

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