At CES 2018, Intel officially released its unique Kaby Lake G chip that combined the power of an Intel CPU and an AMD GPU. Designed primarily for mini PCs, 2-in-1 computers, and other lightweight devices, it was seen as an effort to combat the increasing dominance of Nvidia in the silicon market.
However, Intel might be having some bigger things on its mind by gearing up to launch its own discrete graphics solutions in the future. As reported by Ashraf Eassa of TheMotleyFool (Via Wccftech), AMD’s former GPU head Raja Koduri is focused on the project and eyeing a release somewhere in 2020.
As per the previous reports, it seemed that Intel is working on the GPUs–codenameArcticic Sound and Jupiter Sound–for edge computing and data center applications. However, Eassa suggests that a gaming variant of Arctic Sound is also in the works.
Bonus: Apparently @Rajaontheedge is redefining Arctic Sound (first Intel dGPU), was originally targeted for video streaming apps in data center, but now being split into two: the video streaming stuff and gaming. Apparently wants to “enter the market with a bang.”
— Ashraf Eassa (@TMFChipFool) April 6, 2018
Arctic Sound will be Intel’s 12th generation graphics release and the very first one to be a discrete release. As it’s expected to be manufactured using EMIB technology, we can see a compact form factor in an integrated package. The gaming variant of Artic will be an MCM module that’ll replace Intel and AMD’s combined efforts.
Jupiter Sound will be launched as a follow-up. However, we don’t any further information and release details on the same.
If these reports are true, it’ll be surely interesting to see how Intel performs in a newer and heavily competitive market. The company has tons of experience and talent, and the analysts have high hopes as well.
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