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Intel in talks with potential Larrabee partners

Intel in talks with potential Larrabee partners

Intel has already been talking to several Taiwanese manufacturers about potential Larrabee partnership in the future.

After speaking with several key Taiwanese add-in-board makers, it is clear that Intel is already in talks with high-ranking executives at a number of companies as it starts to plan the launch of one or more Larrabee-based discrete graphics cards.

We understand that talks are in the very early stages, but it’s now clearer than ever that Intel will ship Larrabee-based products through several partners.

It’s strange that the Intel Developer Forum in Shanghai last week was rather a non-event from a news reporting perspective, because almost everything that Intel discussed during the event had already been disclosed.

That said our talk with Andrew Chien, Director of Intel Research, last week was an insightful one and it quickly became apparent that the chip giant has created a team dedicated to what it calls ‘visual computing’ projects… like Larrabee.

And since talking with Chien, we have also learned that Intel has assembled a brand new team of driver developers for the many-core architecture. This is a different group to the one behind the current integrated graphics chipset driver development.

It’s pleasing to hear that this is the case, but we have to say that driver support is still one of the biggest question marks over Larrabee because, at least from a graphics driver perspective, support hasn’t been that great in the past.

There’s obviously still quite a way to go before the first Larrabee-based products launch, but this latest information suggests that the cogs are already very much in motion. It’ll be interesting to see which add-in-partners Intel does manage to land in the run up to the launch – do you think the chip giant will be able to land partners that are currently exclusive to either AMD or Nvidia? Share your thoughts with us in the forums.

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sotu1 9th April 2008, 12:10 Quote
slightly off topic, but if intel enters the graphics market doesn't that mean there's yet another chipset driver that game developers have to accuont for? i remember nvidia saying they had too many drivers to make as is (their fault for spamming the market i guess) so i imagine there's even more work for the dev teams.
naokaji 9th April 2008, 12:28 Quote
yup, different driver and intel says larrabee will be very different from what amd and nvidia produce... so compability and what game takes advantage of what hardware remains to be seen.
TreeDude 9th April 2008, 13:36 Quote
A gaming rig with an Intel graphics card seems so wrong. But I suppose the more competition the better. I just hope AMD pulls through, they are not doing too well.
MrMonroe 9th April 2008, 15:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by TreeDude
A gaming rig with an Intel graphics card seems so wrong. But I suppose the more competition the better. I just hope AMD pulls through, they are not doing too well.

And years ago a computer with an Intel CPU and non-Intel RAM was unheard of.

Bottom line: More competition means more choice means lower prices means more realistic games for more users, just so long as Intel doesn't manage to shove nVidia or ATI out of the market completely. I can say this: as Intel starts working on discrete cards, nVidia better start making damn sure their Intel CPU-compatible chipsets are up to scratch.
Drexial 10th April 2008, 14:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by MrMonroe
Quote:
Originally Posted by TreeDude
A gaming rig with an Intel graphics card seems so wrong. But I suppose the more competition the better. I just hope AMD pulls through, they are not doing too well.

And years ago a computer with an Intel CPU and non-Intel RAM was unheard of.

Bottom line: More competition means more choice means lower prices means more realistic games for more users, just so long as Intel doesn't manage to shove nVidia or ATI out of the market completely. I can say this: as Intel starts working on discrete cards, nVidia better start making damn sure their Intel CPU-compatible chipsets are up to scratch.

It only means more choice if AMD doesn't get pushed out of the market.
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