SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Intel Corp. has scrapped its first discrete graphics processor, dubbed Larrabee, according to reports.
Intel will kill the part, but the company will offer Larrabee as a software platform, according to reports.
The device was rolled out last year. Intel's new graphics architecture, code-named "Larrabee," featured a new approach to the software rendering 3-D pipeline while harkening back to an earlier custom pipeline scheme, according to company researchers.
The first product based on Larrabee was supposed to target the PC graphics market, and was expected to hit the market as early as 2009.
Larrabee was based on an array of multiple x86 core processors and was a direct competitor to Nvidia and AMD's ATI graphics processors.
The first report that the Larrabee chip is dead can be read here.
Intel is down but not out in the market. ''Larrabee, originally expected to appear in 2008, has experienced some significant delays and was expected to eventually launch sometime in 2010,'' said Timothy Luke, an analyst with Barclays Capital, in a report.
''While we believe the setback may negatively impact sentiment, Intel sees Larrabee as a strategic opportunity to position it as Intel's integrated graphics product for its future generation CPU + GPU core,'' Luke said. ''We believe Intel is likely to continue investments in graphics and multi core parallel processing. Our checks suggests intel's first chip with graphics integrated onto the CPU remain on track to be released in 4Q09 with Arrandale in notebooks and Clarkdale in desktops.''
Meanwhile, AMD and Nvidia continue to battle in the graphics chip market. ''With respect to market share, after gaining 7 percent points in 2Q, AMD-ATI gained another 3.2 percent points in the discrete graphics market from 40.6 percent to 43.8 percent in 3Q09,'' Luke said.
''While both AMD and NVDA saw healthy unit growth in discrete graphics in 3Q, AMD's growth of 27 percent outpaced NDVA's 12 percent QoQ unit growth,'' he said.
''AMD appears well positioned with its first mover advantage in DX11 and 40-nm and announced the launch of its 'Evergreen' 40-nm offering in September 2009 ahead of the Win 7 launch while NVDA announced 'Fermi' in early October with products out sometime in 1H 2010,'' he said.