Intel Corporation, according to the Phoronix resource, has decided to curtail the project to develop hybrid chips code-named Thunder Bay, which were supposed to replace Keem Bay. Portions of code in the Linux kernel associated with these products will be completely removed shortly.
Initially, Thunder Bay products were supposed to combine x86 Xeon cores and Movidius VPU cores to accelerate visual data processing and machine vision. Later, it was reported that Thunder Bay processors will likely receive a computing unit based on energy-efficient Arm Cortex-A53 cores. This was indicated by the changes that Intel began to make to the kernel code. For a long time, almost nothing was heard about the project. And now it has become known that Thunder Bay products are not destined to see the light of day.
The reasons for curtailing the initiative are not reported. Apparently, this is due to financial difficulties and a large-scale reorganization of Intel, during which thousands of employees will be laid off. It is noted that the process of removing Thunder Bay-related code from the Linux kernel has already begun. The corporation itself does not comment on the situation.
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