CHIPMAKER Intel's Larabee graphics chip apparently has been put on ice, despite claims by Paul Otellini two weeks ago that it was still kicking.
Writing in his blog, Bill Kircos said that Chipzilla has canned the Larrabee chip and will not bring a discrete graphics product to market, at least not in the short term.
The chip missed some key product milestones and now Intel believes HD video and mobile computing are the most important areas to focus on. "We will also continue with ongoing Intel architecture-based graphics and HPC-related R&D and proof of concepts," Kircos, Intel's product and technology media relationship director, said.
While we have been writing off Larrabee for a while the news that it has finally been canned is a bit of a surprise, not least because two weeks ago, speaking at a Q&A session at Intel's investors' conference in Santa Clara, CEO Paul Otellini categorically stated that "in terms of Larrabee, we did not stop the project."
However, he did admit that Chipzilla had hyped up the project beyond its capabilities. It looks as though he was also doing the same thing at the time. µ