Intel has finally dropped a few more details on their upcoming Larrabee project, their vision of a next generation computing platform that uses X86 cores to render 3D graphics instead of specialised graphics subsystems.
An engineering team from Intel is going to be presenting a paper detailing some of the inner workings of Larrabee in a week at the upcoming SIGGRAPH’08 conference.
The internet is abuzz with rumors that Intel is using a Pentagon-modified core based on the original Pentium technology. Preliminary information suggests that while one Larrabee core is about half as “powerful” as a Core 2 core, it’s about twenty times more power efficient — and keep in mind that Larrabee is being designed to scale up to many, many more cores than any current processor available. ExtremeTech and eWeek have good technical overviews on the information available so far, while Forbes and the Wall Street Journal even touch on the issue.