Intel's Larrabee chip--in pictures

A depiction of Intel's future Larrabee graphics chip, one of the most important projects inside the world's largest chip manufacturer.

Intel's future Larrabee graphics chip is still just a PowerPoint presentation. But one worth noting because it's likely one of the most important projects inside the world's largest chip manufacturer.

That doesn't mean Larrabee will be a slam dunk. Intel has a checkered past in the discrete graphics chip market and this 10-year-old CNET article about Intel's 740 graphics processor reads eerily like some of the chatter about Intel's Larrabee today.

But Intel is older and presumably wiser now. (Though of course that remains to be seen.) Here's a quick look at how Intel depicts the future Larrabee architecture graphically.

Intel slide shows Larrabee with up to 48 cores
Intel slide shows Larrabee with up to 48 cores Intel

Larrabee packs separate scalar and vector processing units
Larrabee packs separate scalar and vector processing units Intel

Each Larrabee core has 256KB of level-2 cache
Each Larrabee core has 256KB of level-2 cache Intel

Workload in games
Workload in games Intel

About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.

 

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