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    Phoronix: Intel's Larrabee GPU Will Support Linux

    Intel's Larrabee will not launch for another year or two, but additional details were shared this week on this project that will launch Intel into the discrete graphics arena. We've known this already, but Larrabee will be a many-core graphics processor with an x86 instruction set designed to compete with the graphics cards from both ATI/AMD and NVIDIA. Larrabee will be scalable to TeraFLOPS, feature a new cache architecture and vector instruction set, and a new vector processing unit / wide SIMD, according to slides provided by Intel...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NjYzOA

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    what a senseless post. the ATI Radeon X8490 will support Linux too once it arrives in 1-3 Years. Do I qualify with these amazing fortune telling skills as a news writer?

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    • #3
      The big question is: will the micro-OS (ie. fancy, upgradeable firmware that is loaded from the hard drive) be open source?

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      • #4
        Originally posted by madman2k View Post
        what a senseless post. the ATI Radeon X8490 will support Linux too once it arrives in 1-3 Years. Do I qualify with these amazing fortune telling skills as a news writer?
        No, but you qualify as something else (I won't say what).

        Intel trying to compete with NVidia/ATI is big news. VERY big news.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by RealNC View Post
          No, but you qualify as something else (I won't say what).

          Intel trying to compete with NVidia/ATI is big news. VERY big news.

          Not really, they have tried this game before *cough* i740 *cough*. Larabee is still 12 - 18 months away. By that time AMD/Nvidia will have made huge performance gains as they seem to do every 6 months. And don't forget their engineers for larrabee are mostly old 3DLabs staff which in pretty much attempt to come back has failed miserably in the past decade.
          Last edited by deanjo; 08-05-2008, 10:24 PM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by deanjo View Post
            Not really, they have tried this game before *cough* i740 *cough*. ...
            True, we often see history repeats itself. However, it does not mean it will always repeat.

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            • #7
              Who provides the best drivers for Linux right now? Intel (OK, and Matrox but that doesn't count today).

              Who will benefit most when Intel enters the high-performance 3D market? Linux users.

              It is big news for Linux folks.

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              • #8
                Another great part about it is that it will put additional pressure on NVIDIA to eventually open up their drivers.

                Interesting times

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by f33l View Post
                  Another great part about it is that it will put additional pressure on NVIDIA to eventually open up their drivers.

                  Interesting times
                  I don't see why Larabee would pressure NVIDIA open their graphics drivers. That's not going to do to much for market demand. Linux still lives (primarily) in the server market.

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