Intel squeezed an AMD graphics chip and RAM onto a CPU

Nov 07, 2017, 00:25
Intel squeezed an AMD graphics chip and RAM onto a CPU

The main objective of this partnership is to bring top-tier gaming to thin-and-light notebook PCs by integrating the Intel Core microprocessor with a custom AMD Radeon graphics core.

Scott Herkelman, vice president and general manager of AMD's Radeon Technologies Group, said the collaboration with Intel expands the installed base for AMD Radeon GPUs and brings to market a differentiated solution for high-performance graphics.

In December 2016, word began circulating that Intel would be using AMD's graphics technology in the future CPUs to replace its own integrated graphics.

Putting an AMD chip on an Intel inside notebook on the same PCB would enable intel to have a system with much smaller height, while packing a discrete graphics solution.

Although Intel and AMD are teaming up for the new laptop chip, the two companies still consider each other to be rivals. But to connect the different processor parts together, the chip relies on an Intel technology called Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge or EMIB. 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.

The new partnership is nearly certainly a response to the growing threat posed by Nvidia, whose graphics processors are now used for everything from high-end PC gaming to cryptocurrency processing to deep learning neural networks and more. It's described as a small intelligent bridge "that allows heterogeneous silicon to quickly pass information in extremely close proximity". We have some HUGE news for you in the computing world and it is sure to rock long-standing factions that have stood behind Intel and AMD processors to the very "Core". With that said, Intel has no answer to NVIDIA on the GPU front, while AMD APU products are exceptional. Though with the Mac Mini not being updated in some time, it could be the device that could take advantage of this new Intel-AMD package.

Furthermore, the semi-custom GPU is not only made specifically for Intel but it also features the second generation High Bandwidth Memory 2 (HBM2) which made the upcoming chip as the first mobile processor to it. Intel says that it wants to challenge the notion that the PC market has become mature with little to no innovation, and that it is looking to create "new possibilities" for the PC industry.

Intel had identified that it couldn't deliver a premium computer experience for gamers and enthusiasts in the thin and light form factor laptop, typically between 11 and 16mm thick.