Bit Tech had a chat with several Taiwanese add-in board makers and heard Intel has approached several firms to become Larrabee partners.
That said our talk with Andrew Chien, Director of Intel Research, last week was an insightful one and it quickly became apparent that the chip giant has created a team dedicated to what it calls ‘visual computing’ projects… like Larrabee.
And since talking with Chien, we have also learned that Intel has assembled a brand new team of driver developers for the many-core architecture. This is a different group to the one behind the current integrated graphics chipset driver development.
It’s pleasing to hear that this is the case, but we have to say that driver support is still one of the biggest question marks over Larrabee because, at least from a graphics driver perspective, support hasn’t been that great in the past.
There’s obviously still quite a way to go before the first Larrabee-based products launch, but this latest information suggests that the cogs are already very much in motion.