Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Intel confirms plans to launch first discrete GPU in 2020

Intel confirms plans to launch first discrete GPU in 2020

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It was never likely that Intel would leap into the graphics space.

Now it's possible that Intel could just take its existing GPU technology, the silicon currently baked into its Coffee Lake CPUs, and just throw more of its execution units into a discrete GPU package.

Intel has confirmed that it will start selling discrete graphics cards in 2020, which will be aimed at various markets including gaming, AI and the data centre.

He now heads up Intel's Core and Visual Computing Group, which was formed with his appointment.

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Intel also mentioned that it will unify and expand differentiated IP across computing, graphics, media, imaging and machine intelligence capabilities for the client and data center segments, artificial intelligence, and emerging opportunities like edge computing. The information was revealed by Intel CEO Brian Krzanich during an analyst event last week.

Shrout notes that Intel's 2020 plans are ambitious given the three-year development cycle for complex design and the need to build it from scratch. Intel of course is in the midst of watching sometimes-ally and sometimes-rival NVIDIA grow at a almost absurd pace thanks to the machine learning boom, so Intel's third shot at dGPUs is ultimately an effort to establish themselves in a market for accelerators that is no longer niche but is increasingly splitting off customers who previously would have relied entirely on Intel CPUs.

KitGuru Says: We still know very little about Intel's first discrete GPU architecture and what it will be capable of. In 1998 it unveiled the Intel740, or i740, in a high-profile launch. Subsequent Intel efforts such as the i752, i754, and Capitola were equally unsuccessful.

It's been decades since AMD and Intel last collaborated, but pressure from Nvidia has the two chip giants teaming up once again. We often hear Nvidia and AMD talk about similar use cases for GPUs.

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