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The chief architect of Pentium 4 is in charge of Intel's GPU project

Last month the tech world was thrust into widespread speculation over Intel's decision to re-enter the discrete graphics market. Intel is actively recruiting employees for its new Visual Computing Group, or VCG, previously known as the "Larrabee group.”

According to Beyond3D, the Chief Architect of Intel’s VCG is Douglas M. Carmean. Carmean has been with Intel for 13 years, “working on IA-32 processors from the 80486 to the Intel Pentium 4 processor.” Intel also states that Carmean was a key architect behind the definition of the Intel Pentium 4 processor. In addition, Carmean also has experience working with ROSS Technology, Sun Microsystems, Cypress Semiconductor and Lattice Semiconductor.

Carmean has been travelling to various universities across the United States giving a presentation titled, “Future CPU Architectures -- The Shift from Traditional Models.” On the seminar information page, Intel labels Carmean as its Principal Architect with Intel's Desktop Products Group, though this information appears to be dated.

Intel's VCG website no longer claims the project is oriented for discrete GPUs, though Intel has off-the-record confirmed this fact to several publications.

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By TheWizardofOz on 2/22/2007 12:10:45 PM , Rating: 5
I guess we will se a GPU that is clocked at 500Ghz and perform less than a GeForce 7300, needs to be cooled with VapoChill and uses Rambus RAM?

RE: hmmm
By Tyler 86 on 2/22/2007 4:30:23 PM , Rating: 2
I hope everyone who worked on the Pentium 4 learned their lesson, because it's plain to see that these much 'slower' chips actually perform waaay faster...

RE: hmmm
By Marlowe on 2/23/2007 8:51:04 AM , Rating: 2
Hahaha :D

Thanks someone had to write that ;)

RE: hmmm
By Urbanos on 2/23/2007 11:22:30 AM , Rating: 2
LOL thank you that just made my day!

sounds to me like he'll fit in fine...
By mm2587 on 2/22/2007 12:37:25 PM , Rating: 2
So he's used to designig huge hot power hungry chips... He's perfect for gpu design

RE: sounds to me like he'll fit in fine...
By hellokeith on 2/22/2007 1:58:17 PM , Rating: 2
You are actually quite correct. GPU's are horribly inefficient in terms of electrical leakage and heat dissipation.

It will be interesting to see on what Intel focuses: hardware video acceleration, hardware 3d acceleration, fillrate, power usage, etc.

By The Boston Dangler on 2/24/2007 2:41:55 AM , Rating: 2
if the 8800 series had some of the C2D treatment, it would have been an all-time great among computer hardware. aren't computers supposed to get smaller and consume less power? wtf nvidia?

So... What's gonna happen to Nvidia now?
By nurbsenvi on 2/23/2007 3:02:58 AM , Rating: 2
All this leaves Nvidia... where?
Time to sell your stocks?

RE: So... What's gonna happen to Nvidia now?
By hellokeith on 2/23/07, Rating: 0
By Charlemain on 2/23/2007 11:41:09 PM , Rating: 2
Or time for Nvidia to go crawling on its knees to Intel to be absorbed

Can't happen...the DOJ wouldn't allow it. Intel is already the largest video chip manufacturer.

By Legenic on 2/24/2007 2:51:56 AM , Rating: 2
hopefully he's a skilled engineer in that he created a cpu to meet the demands of the, at the time, marketing driven intel execs. as in, they wanted a low ipc high clock cpu, and that's what he delivered only because it's what they wanted.

otherwise, bring on the intel X2385 @ 500Ghz.

By ElJefe69 on 2/25/2007 2:03:51 AM , Rating: 2
How rediculous.

this is the same thinking that put pci-e graphics on your board. "the new gfx boards will be able to utilized your system memory for enhanced performance! agp cannot do that!"

yay. agp8x still untapped. yay. ddr2 minor speed bump. yay. forced to go from 939 agp, 939 pcie, am2 pcie, 775 pcie.. yet same speed as 939 agp. lol.

gfx people and cpu people should just remain separate. I love the first comment! deserves a 7 score. gfx cards are not integral to the system. they can be swapped out and sold off, given away. cpu's are meant to remain. I cant imagine swapping out chip after chip. what about all-in-wonder? sli/xfire? so many things just make this retarded for all but a CASH REGISTER AT FRIDAYS.

would you like some apple pie with tha-at.

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