Rivals AMD, Intel partner to take on Nvidia

Rivals AMD, Intel partner to take on Nvidia

Specifically, the new processor integrates a "semi-custom" AMD graphics chip and the second generation of Intel's "High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2)", which is comparable to GDDR 5 in a traditional laptop.

Scott Herkelman, vice president and general manager of AMD's Radeon Technologies Group, said the 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".

The goal, Intel explains, is to deliver the power that discrete graphics offer, but in a thinner package. Other names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners. Intel's new chip, however, intends to help laptop makers miniaturize the internals even further, by packing an Intel CPU and AMD GPU into one slim, power-efficient package. The two companies have been competing tooth and nail for decades, and to see a partnership like this appear now - especially in a year when AMD has restored itself as a competitive brand with their Ryzen desktop CPUs - is nothing short of staggering. 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.

Remember when we said an Intel chip with AMD graphics inside was just wishful thinking?

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According to AMD this is not a licensing deal and there has been no transfer or license of IP to Intel.

At the heart of this new design is EMIB, a small intelligent bridge that allows heterogeneous silicon to quickly pass information in extremely close proximity.

AMD meanwhile has its own integrated CPUs and GPUs known as accelerated processing units (APUs), but again these haven't been able to match the processing power and graphics grunt of an Intel CPU and Nvidia GPU pairing. Is Intel really working with its competition? Nvidia is still the leading player in the graphics chip market with customers buying its products for high-end gaming and for cryptocurrency mining, but AMD has been slowly chipping away at that lead.

There have been rumors about something like this for months, but they were either unconfirmed or denied, but now, with actual press releases from both companies, we know AMD and Intel have formed a partnership to combine strengths in the mobile sector.

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