One of the world’s biggest chip maker Intel has formed a partnership with rivals Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) to produce a computer chip that relies on both the Intel processor and an AMD graphics unit.
If this isn’t one of the biggest surprises this year then I don’t know what is. Some see this partnership as a strategy to compete against their rival Nvidia which also manufactures graphics processing units.
The new awaited chip by Intel and AMD is meant to be for light weight, thin and portable laptop designs but still aiming at gamers that desire powerful GPUS for an extensive gaming experience.
This will mark a new beginning for Intel’s eighth-generation Intel Core line and AMD as it is the first partnership between the two chip giants.
AMD has also confirmed the reports that the new Intel chips will aimed at gamers that require powerful graphics intensive chips for their games unlike their Ryzen chip models which can run games but aren’t specifically designed for that purpose.
Executives from both AMD and Intel told PCWorld that the combined AMD-Intel chip will be an “evolution” of Intel’s 8th-generation, H-series Core chips, with the ability to power-manage the entire module to preserve battery life. It’s scheduled to ship as early as the first quarter of 2018.
According to Intel, this will be the company’s first product that uses the EMIB small intelligent bridge design, which allows information to be passed quickly in “extremely close proximity.”
The bridge allows chips to be both smaller and more powerful. The new chip will use HBM2, and can be used in devices including notebooks, two-in-ones, and mini desktops.
We are not sure of how Nvidia will react to this new development but we have our fingers crossed for what might be a future war for the consumer market between Nvidia, Intel and AMD.
Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre and Spur Magazine. He is also the co-founder of the Innovware project.
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