AMD and Intel are partnering on chips that will marry Radeon GPU technology with high-end Core processing units. The executive added that together, they are offering gamers and content creators the opportunity to have a thinner and lighter PC that is capable of delivering discrete performance-tier graphics experiences in AAA games and content creation applications.
We will come to know more about PCs based on this new Intel technology in the first quarter of 2018. Up until the launch of the combined Intel and AMD chip, gaming computers, be it a laptop or desktop, required an Intel semiconductor as well as a high-end chip from either Nvidia or AMD.
But the real story here, of course, is Intel's collaboration with AMD, one of its biggest CPU competitors. The ultimate goal here is to reduce the height of systems that now use Intel Core H-series processors in addition to higher-powered discrete graphics solutions.
Intel in recent years has held the CPU performance crown but its integrated graphics solutions were never quite on the same level as AMD's. The semiconductor is targeted at laptops that are lightweight and thin but can run powerful video games.
"At the heart of this new design is EMIB, an intelligent bridge that allows heterogeneous silicon to quickly pass information in extremely close proximity". The graphics chip will be custom to Intel and it's going to be packed inside the single processor package. The collaboration is a showcase for some new Intel tech that allows for smaller, more power-efficient chips. Chris Walker, vice president of the Client Computing Group and general manager of the Mobile Client Platform at Intel, said that the new joint project between Intel and AMD is "a great example of how we can compete and work together, ultimately delivering innovation that is good for consumers". It also reportedly uses about half the memory power. However, it seems Intel are targeting a higher performance bracket than AMD are with Raven Ridge, looking instead to replace their reliance on Nvidia discrete GPUs for performance mobile graphics. With that said, Intel has no answer to NVIDIA on the GPU front, while AMD APU products are exceptional.
Both AMD and Intel told PCWorld that the product of AMD-Intel will be an "evolution" of Intel's 8th-generation, H-series Core chips with the capability to preserve battery life.
Since AMD's Lisa Su really likes the semi-custom business, the fact that Intel calls this solution a semi-custom GPU, speaks for itself.