SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. Intel Corp. demonstrated an animation rendered with its Larrabee processor at the Intel Developer Forum here. The company is planning a developer's event for the graphics processor, a venue where the chip and tools for it may be rolled out.
The demo marked another proof point in Intel's plan to enter the market for discrete graphics chip similar to those from Advanced Micro Devices and Nvidia. Intel is expected to roll out Larrabee next year, however it did not provide any update on its plans at IDF.
Some observers said the demo showed that the much discussed Larrabee is finally becoming real. Others said the demo was less than compelling and may have been based on a simulation.
Intel is already providing an unnamed group of partners with a software developer's kit for working with Larrabee. The processor will support its own native programming method similar to working with a multicore x86 processor. In addition, it will support the OpenCL, OpenGL and Microsoft DirectX applications programming interfaces.
Larrabee will let developers handle complex tasks with fewer lines of code, said Renee James, general manager of Intel's software and services division, who gave the demo as part of an IDF keynote. The keynote also included a video clip of the upcoming movie "Training Your Dragon," from Dreamworks, which has a partnership with Intel.
Separately, James gave more details of Intel's work on Moblin, its mobile Linux variant, as well as the new initiative supporting Atom developers. "We need to give customers a full software stack--that's a requirement in that market," James said in response to a question about why the chip maker is promoting another smartphone OS.
Another Intel exec noted that the company also supports other smartphone OSes such as Google's Android. But Intel wants to create optimizations for some of the Atom hardware features in Moblin, he added.
Intel's Atom developer program is initially focused on netbooks, creating a venue where developers can sell their apps or modular software components of them. "This is not an App Store--no one needs another store they need a developer's program that feeds the stores," James said.