Larrabee die shot tips up

Written by Tim Smalley

May 14, 2009 // 12:27 p.m.

Tags: #computing #die #larrabee #picture #shot #visual

The eagle eyed folks at PC Games Hardware have managed to snag what looks to be the first die shot of Intel's upcoming Larrabee many core processor at the opening of the Intel Visual Computing Institute at Saarland University, Germany.

Justin Rattner, Intel's Chief Technology Officer, gave a talk at the event where he talked about how much computing power was required for Visual Computing.

Rattner said that its Nehalem and Larrabee processors were possible solutions to the 'problem'.

Analysing the high res version of the photo, there look to be at least 32 cores, 32 vector processing units and possibly eight texture quadrants – there are another four, smaller structure on the die that are unaccounted for and Intel doesn't want to release more detailed information.

PC Perspective received a statement from Intel that said, "Larrabee is healthy and in our labs right now. There will be multiple versions of Larrabee over time. We are not releasing additional details at this time."

This might mean there are differing numbers of cores on the first Larrabee-based products. Thus far, rumours suggest that Intel is expecting to launch Larrabee either in the fourth quarter of this year or the first quarter of 2010 with somewhere between 32 and 64 cores – we expect it will be manufactured using Intel's 45nm High-K metal gate process technology.

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