AMD and INTEL Team-up in 2018! What?

So, Intel plans to a laptop-computer chip that combines an Intel processor and an AMD graphics unit.

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.

The new Core H processor is the first consumer product to use EMIB, and will be released in the first quarter of 2018, and many laptop makers are expected to offer products powered by the chip. I personally have been covering the IT market with special focus on ATI, Nvidia, later AMD and Intel for 18 years and we have veterans who have been following up this market for more than four decades, and staff at Fudzilla and previously The Inquirer exclusively broke hundreds of stories.

The WSJ cited an AMD spokesperson saying the offering will "appeal to serious gamers" and will not compete with Ryzen Mobile chips. As for Intel and AMD, the chip gives the two firms a potential leg up over chunkier laptops that pack NVIDIA discrete graphics. The three typically distinct components are able to coexist on one chip because of Intel's Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB), which "allows heterogeneous silicon to quickly pass information in extremely close proximity". Most thin and light laptops only have a CPU, as they can handle basic graphics pretty well, but GPUs are required for more power-hungry tasks, like gaming or video editing. This enables faster and more powerful performance in the chip without an increase in the size. "It also delivers space to add new features, create new board layouts, explore new cooling solutions or increase battery life".

This chip will power a new breed of portable notebooks that can deliver discrete performance-tier graphics experiences in AAA games. It also reportedly uses about half the memory power.

Intel is working with AMD to produce a next-generation notebook chip with the performance to keep graphics rival Nvidia at bay. 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.

Walker, Vice President, Client Computing Group General Manager, Mobility Client Platform noted in a statement today that Intel wanted to find a way to deliver a stronger combination of performance-level processors and discrete graphics that opens the door to even smaller form factors.

The unnamed product will be based on Intel's 8 generation Core family.

  • Eleanor Harrison