In the past, major companies often joined forces to bring revolutionary products. However, for a long time, both Intel and AMD have competed to gain upper hand in the processor market. Despite AMD’s efforts, Intel has placed itself at the top of the market since the turn of the century. Earlier this year, AMD introduced its Ryzen processors to compete with Intel at the top but later Intel released its latest processors to reestablish itself as the leader of the market. And now, two companies have announced a partnerships to bring best of two companies to the consumers as in the coming months, Intel will ship processors with integrated Radeon GPU.
Talking about the latest deal, AMD revealed that the company has designed a semi-custom GPU that will be integrated into Intel’s processors as part of a new multi-chip processor package. The upcoming processor will integrate an Intel Core processor, custom Radeon graphics chip, and second generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) into a single package.
Intel released an official statement saying, “At the heart of this new design is EMIB, an intelligent bridge that allows heterogeneous silicon to quickly pass information in extremely close proximity. EMIB eliminates height impact as well as manufacturing and design complexities, enabling faster, more powerful and more efficient products in smaller sizes. This is the first consumer product that takes advantage of EMIB. Similarly, the power sharing framework is a new connection tailor-made by Intel among the processor, discrete graphics chip and dedicated graphics memory. We’ve added unique software drivers and interfaces to this semi-custom discrete GPU that coordinate information among all three elements of the platform.”
This latest deal should come as a release for consumers who often faced limitation due to Intel’s integrated graphics with their processors. Although Intel has dominated the processor market for a long period of time, the integrated GPU of the platform didn’t live up to users’ expectations who wanted more from the integrated chip. On the other hand, AMD has struggled against Nvidia in the GPU market. As a result, the deal should benefit both companies in the long run.
As for users, thanks to the sheer amount of expected power form the upcoming multi chip processors, users should finally get the chance to experience single chip gaming from their notebooks, tablets, and all-in-one desktops. Moreover, if the multi-chip processors become power efficient as expected, then they should increase the battery life of different products while providing reliable performance. At the moment however, we will have to wait to see when the chip arrives to consumers in future.
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