Larrabee killed off again

Two weeks ago Intel CEO Paul Otellini was busy telling the world+dog that rumours of its Larrabee graphics chips’ demise were greatly exaggerated.

The statement was designed to stop people repeating a “rumour” which was sourced from Intel itself that the outfit was yanking its hardware project and concentrating on Larrabee as a software platform.

Otellini told us that details about the project were being rushed out to the public and basically we should stay tuned.

Well it seems that all Otellini’s assurances are not worth much, or at least his Intel’s director of product and technology media relations did not get the memo.

Writing in his bog, Bill Kircos has insisted that Intel will not bring a discrete graphics product to market, at least in the short-term.

This means that Larrabee hardware is dead in the water again.

Apparently, however the project might re-incarnate back into the wheel of birth, death and suffering once again. That will be in the shape of a server-based project that can make use of Intel’s exploration of the many-core chips that were supposed to be Larrabee discrete GPUs.

Kircos says the company will be emphasising its integrated graphics solutions, which a majority of computers use.