.. with Haswell in 2013
According to Intel, after they failed with Larabee as a discreet consumer product, they now appear to be going after Nvdia and AMD's entry-level graphics cards ... what they fail to understand is that Fusion APU and Nvidia's Denver/IG will be miles ahead of them (again) by 2013
Here is Intel's wet dream (assuming that AMD and Nvidia are caught in a time warp) http://software.intel.com/en-us/blogs/2 ... available/
and http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-20073 ... up-nvidia/
the post gives an overview of "a full specification for the Haswell (2013) new instructions."
The post goes on to describe the "public details on the next generation of the x86 architecture...the new instructions accelerate a broad category of applications and usage models."
Much of the emphasis is on Intel's Advanced Vector Extensions, or AVX. Here's how Intel describes AVX in the context of the Haswell blog: "Intel AVX addresses the continued need for vector floating-point performance in mainstream scientific and engineering numerical applications, visual processing, recognition, data-mining/synthesis, gaming, physics, cryptography and other areas of applications. Intel AVX is designed to facilitate efficient implementation by wide spectrum of software architectures of varying degrees of thread parallelism, and data vector lengths."
Translation: Intel chips will be a lot better at handling the kinds of tasks that Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices target today with their graphics silicon, including video, audio, and, of course, gaming.
Intel will again spend billions and billions to fall short.