Intel ditches Larrabee processor

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Intel has confirmed it is to abandon its Larrabee graphic processor and keep the focus on using integrated graphics in its future chips - at least for the time being.

The Larrabee processor faced several delays and the company admitted back in December that it had missed some "key milestones" in its route to production after it missed its 2010 launch date.

So instead Intel has called it quits and said it will take things it has learned from the process and put them into its upcoming chips.

In a blog post, Bill Kircos, director of product and technology media relations, wrote: "We will not bring a discrete graphics product to market, at least in the short-term."

He added: "Upon further assessment we are focused on processor graphics, and we believe media/HD video and mobile computing are the most important areas to focus on moving forward."

Kircos said Intel would be announcing "an upcoming family of products" next week but the Larrabee features will miss out on being incorporated into the next set of chips codenamed Sandy Bridge.

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