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Intel May Enter Discrete Gaming GPU Market in 2020

Category: General News
Posted: 11:34AM

Following the announcement Raja Koduri was leaving AMD's Radeon Technologies Group to join Intel, this rumor might not be very surprising, but it is still rather interesting. Presently there are two main duo-opolies in the tech industry, with Intel-AMD being the pair for x86 CPUs and AMD/NVIDIA being the pair for GPUs. Intel has wanted to disrupt the GPU market before, with little to no success, but as the highly parallel design of GPUs becomes more desirable for more applications, it wants to try again. This new attempt at an Intel discrete GPU currently has the code name Arctic Sound and though it had been targeting data centers and edge applications, the rumor is there will be two variants. While one will keep to the originally expected targets, the other will be for gaming, potentially launching in 2020. Arctic Sound will also take advantage of Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB) which is currently being used in the hybrid Intel+Vega packages that combine an Intel CPU with a Vega GPU and HBM 2 onto a single package. Using EMIB to enable a multi-chip design may help Intel and its fabs compete with the current GPU leaders AMD and NVIDIA that have had many years to develop and refine techniques and technologies.

This currently exists as just a rumor, but it is not unreasonable and is interesting nonetheless. It also says the successor to Arctic Sound would be Jupiter Sound, but it would likely only exist on paper at this point.

Source: WCCFtech

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