'Larabee' is Intel's multi-core CPU that will also handle graphics calculations.
|Intel has held a little conference on Friday in which it offered the first (in depth) details on the Larabee architecture. Larabee, which is to be the base of Intel's attack on the discrete graphics market, will be arriving in 2009 or 2010 and is a different approach to graphics calculations. As opposed to the 'classic' GPUs designed by Nvidia and ATI, Larabee is a multi-core design that makes use of small, in-order cores connected through a 1024 bits bi-directional 'ring' and offers support for APIs like DirectX and OpenGL.
Although Intel hasn't said anything about the number of cores we'll be seeing in the first Larabee solutions, the company suggested that there may be 8 to 48 cores used, with each core providing an almost linear performance increase.