In today’s news, reports of the sky falling and hell freezing over abound along with the news that Intel and AMD are officially combining forces to create a new laptop processor. The new Intel Core H processor will combine Intel’s CPU technology with AMD’s Radeon graphics technology. The hope is that the two companies can create a laptop that is light and thin while still being able to run high-end graphics from games.
While AMD and Intel compete fiercely in the processor market, their relations on the graphics front is a little friendlier. That’s what makes this team up possible. While Intel does make graphics processors, they have never tried to compete with the likes of AMD or NVIDIA in the high-end graphics markets.
According to Intel, combining the Intel Core-H with third-party graphics into a single processor design will allow for laptops to be even thinner and reduce the silicon footprint of about 50%. This is made possible by the Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB) created by Intel with a new power-sharing framework that allows these processors to share both power and information along with accessing graphics memory. In theory this should allow for better integrated graphics which could especially improve the performance of ultra-budget integrated graphics based gaming laptops.
In a blog post, Intel’s Christopher Walker said, “The new product, which will be part of our 8th Gen Intel Core family, brings together our high-performing Intel Core H-series processor, second generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) and a custom-to-Intel third-party discrete graphics chip from AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group* – all in a single processor package.”
He continued, “It’s a prime example of hardware and software innovations intersecting to create something amazing that fills a unique market gap. Helping to deliver on our vision for this new class of product, we worked with the team at AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group. In close collaboration, we designed a new semi-custom graphics chip, which means this is also a great example of how we can compete and work together, ultimately delivering innovation that is good for consumers.”
AMD also released its own statement, “Our collaboration with Intel expands the installed base for AMD Radeon GPUs and brings to market a differentiated solution for high-performance graphics. Together, we are offering gamers and content creators the opportunity to have a thinner-and-lighter PC capable of delivering discrete performance-tier graphics experiences in AAA games and content creation applications. This new semi-custom GPU puts the performance and capabilities of Radeon graphics into the hands of an expanded set of enthusiasts who want the best visual experience possible.”
So far we don’t know exactly when this processor will be released. But it will be part of the eighth generation of Intel processors, which will put it sometime next year. Many industry insiders believe it could launch as soon as the first quarter of 2018. Currently this is only speculation as neither company has stated when these processors would be available.
What do you think about these two sworn enemies working together? Do you think this is a good sign for laptops or will this processor fail to live up to expectations? Tell me what you think in the comments below.
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