For many months now, Intel has told the public its upcoming discrete graphics processor would come out either late this year or in early 2010. Well, PC Magazine says the company has now "sharpened" that release time frame, burying the prospect of a 2009 launch.
The news comes from Paul Otellini himself. PC Magazine says the Intel CEO stated in a recent conference call, "I would expect volume introduction of this product to be early next year." An Intel spokesman later elaborated:
"We always said it would launch in the 2009/2010 timeframe," Intel spokesman Nick Knupffer said in an email Friday. "We are narrowing that timeframe. Larrabee is healthy and in our labs right now. There will be multiple versions of Larrabee over time. We are not releasing additional details at this time."
Intel has stayed mum on many aspects of Larrabee, but a recently revealed shot of the GPU's silicon allowed us to speculate about the GPU's guts yesterday. That said, the chipmaker has hinted that different versions of the chip are in the works.