AMD Delivers Semi-Custom Graphics Chip For New Intel Processor

AMD Delivers Semi-Custom Graphics Chip For New Intel Processor

The new chip will be targeted for laptops that are created to be thin and portable, but will also be powerful enough for gamers who need that extra power for intense games.

There is also a new power sharing framework that Intel designed for this project.

The result is a new mobile platform that will, according to Intel, allow for "thinner, lighter devices across notebooks, 2 in 1s and mini desktops, while delivering incredible performance and graphics for enthusiasts".

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The gaming segment is one of the bright spots in the otherwise tiresome and declining PC market, and this is where the Intel-AMD partnership will make the greatest impact.

In an announcement on their website, Intel has confirmed that their 8th generation H-series mobile CPUs won't be using Intel's integrated Iris graphics solution anymore. On Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Intel and AMD are joining hands to take on Nvidia in the laptop chip market.

The new chip design uses an Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge, or EMIB, to rapidly pass signals across the very short distances between the CPU, GPU and dedicated GDDR5 graphics memory.

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It's a huge announcement, in part due to the long, bitter history between AMD and Intel.

"Together we are offering gamers and content creators the opportunity to have a thinner-and-lighter PC capable of delivering discrete performance-tier graphics experiences in AAA games and content creation applications", AMD president Scott Herkelman adds. At Intel's Manufacturing Day earlier this year, they even produced a slide (above) showcasing what might be possible: a processor package with the x86 cores made on one technology, the graphics made in another, perhaps different IO and memory or wireless technologies too. Or you could choose performance with the Intel H-series processors and a dGPU. And while it may not directly compete from a graphics standpoint, Intel is still facing potentially stiff competition from NVIDIA in the machine learning space. AMD is very specific in pointing out that this new chip will be aimed at more serious gamers, whereas the Ryzen chips can run general games, but aren't designed for the specific goal of serious gaming.

This collaboration brings up several questions that will be answered in time. It may not compete with the latest Ryzen line of mobile processor units from AMD, but it is certainly a strategy against the growing dominance of NVIDIA in the gaming graphics hardware segment. It will also be interesting to see how this affects Nvidia.

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