Intel Larrabee Discrete Graphics Card Sample Out In Q3 2008

VR-Zone got some words that the Intel Larrabee discrete graphics card samples
will be ready as early as Q3 this year and it will be shown to their closest
partners only. We heard the Larrabee cards are slated for launch in Q2 2009, one
year from now.  Certainly, Nvidia is not giving up their discrete market
share so easily and has been rallying their partners to get ready for the war
next year.

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VR-Zone got some words that the Intel Larrabee discrete graphics card samples
will be ready as early as Q3 this year and it will be shown to their closest
partners only. We heard the Larrabee cards are slated for launch in Q2 2009, one
year from now.  Certainly, Nvidia is not giving up their discrete market
share so easily and has been rallying their partners to get ready for the war next year.

We first told you about the

Larrabee architecture
more than a year ago and more details has been
unveiled today. It is based on many mini IA cores design with a new hardware
coherent cache architecture. Each core will support a new vector instructions
including integer and floating point arithmetic, vector memory operations and
conditional instructions. The key thing of this architecture is that it relies
heavily on the software developed for it; eg. the games and the drivers. A well
optimized game and drivers will enhance the performance and vice versa therefore
Intel needs to work very closely with its software developers to optimize
Larrabee performance. It is a good thing that Larrabee cards can support DirectX
and OpenGL too.

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