Larrabee silicon and software development are behind where we had hoped to be at this point in the project.
It looks like Intel’s bid to become a major player in consumer graphics chips has ended in disaster.
The world’s biggest chip maker has been working for years on Larrabee, a chip with dozens of cores for processing graphics. It was the company’s major competitive thrust at Nvidia and the graphics division of Advanced Micro Devices. But the company has canceled the consumer version of Larrabee, as first reported in the SemiAccurate blog.
“Larrabee silicon and software development are behind where we had hoped to be at this point in the project,” said Nick Knuppfler, a spokesman for Intel in Santa Clara, Calif. “Larrabee will not be a consumer product.”
In other words, it’s not entirely dead. It’s mostly dead. Instead of launching the chip in the consumer market, Intel will make it available as a software development platform for both internal and external developers. Those developers can use it to develop software that can run in high-performance computers.