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. Intel says the silicon footprint of this new part will be less than half that of standard discrete graphics components on a motherboard, making it possible for OEMs to design thinner and lighter laptops without sacrificing performance. And AMD has a new class of chips out now that could erode Intel's position in the PC and data center sectors.
The new eighth-generation Core processor will pair Intel's mobile-targeted Core H-series processor, second-generation high-bandwidth memory and an AMD Radeon Technologies Group discrete graphics chip in a single processor package.
The notebooks powered by this chip won't compete with those powered by AMD's recently announced Ryzen chips. Both the companies confirmed to PCWorld that Intel first approached AMD for a partnership.
The new chip will be the first consumer product to use EMIB and the first mobile PC to utilize HBM2.
"Our collaboration with Intel expands the installed base for AMD Radeon GPUs and brings to market a differentiated solution for high-performance graphics", AMD vice president Scott Herkelman said in a statement.
According to AMD this is not a licensing deal and there has been no transfer or license of IP to Intel. This small intelligent bridge allows information to be passed in extremely close proximity while also eliminating various manufacturing and design complexities. The executive added that together, they are offering gamers and content creators the opportunity to have a thinner and lighter PC that is capable of delivering discrete performance-tier graphics experiences in AAA games and content creation applications.
Drivers for the new hybrid will be created by Intel, although its engineers will be working closely with AMD to make sure "day one" drivers for the Radeon GPU work as expected.
Monday morning that Intel and AMD are teaming up to develop and launch a processor chip specifically meant for running resource-intensive video games on lightweight laptops.
There was no mention on when we can expect to see this chip in laptops, but the partnership between two traditional rivals is noteworthy and should see them combine their talents to produce something truly impressive rather than continue to duke it out in the processor world.