Inside Intel Larrabee - Transparency Example with Sorting

By Scott Ferguson  |  Posted 2008-08-06 Print this article Print

Sorting allows artists to distinguish details on foreground and background images. The small dragon was drawn first, so its wing appears behind the large dragon. The rendered pixels are sorted to show the larger dragon's wing correctly.

Intel's Larrabee processor is Intel's first multicore processor and first stand-alone graphics card. Larrabee is also a swipe at graphics chip makers Nvidia and Advanced Micro Devices, whose powerful graphics chips are starting to look like a threat to Silicon Valley's king of silicon chips. Intel Larrabee will have numerous x86 processor cores (Intel won't reveal how many processor cores) and support for OpenGL and DirectX, allowing it to run existing games and software requiring high-end graphics.

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