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Intel Showcases Larrabee Wafer at IDF 2009 in Beijing
Currently under testing

By Traian Teglet, Technology News Editor

10th of April 2009, 14:23 GMT

Santa Clara, California-based Intel is expected to make its debut into
the world of discrete graphics, by introducing its highly anticipated
Larrabee-based many-core processing unit. The world's leading chip
maker has recently showcased at the IDF (Intel Developer Forum) Spring
2009 a 300mm wafer containing Larrabee chips. This can only prove that
we are getting even closer to Intel's first discrete graphics
solution, by which
time we shall have a stronger competition in the market of computer

At IDF, Pat Gelsinger, Intel's senior vice president and general
manager of the Digital Enterprise Group, took to the stage to talk
about the company's recently launched Xeon 5500 processors, the
Nehalem architecture in both of its server and desktop product
families, 32nm Westmere chips and the highly anticipated Larrabee
chip. Unfortunately, Mr. Gelsinger didn't reveal any specific details
on its upcoming chips, regarding the core frequencies, memory and
overall design.

However, he did state that the company expected the first Larrabee-
powered graphics card to become available later this year or by the
start of 2010. Either way, the chip maker is currently in the process
of testing the Larrabee, which is also confirmed by the showcased
300mm wafer that contained the Larrabee chips. According to a recent
news-article on French-language Hardware, the chips were significantly
large, similar to those of NVIDIA's 65nm-based GT200 models. Their
size and many-core architecture would most likely require a lot of

One of the main mysteries surrounding Intel's upcoming Larrabee chips
is related to the process technology that is going to be used in their
manufacturing process. There are some reports that suggest Intel is
going for the 45nm approach, but given the company's plan to ramp up
the adoption of 32nm production lines, there's a good chance we'll be
seeing 32nm Larrabee chips sooner rather than later.