Intel's discrete graphics products will begin appearing in 2020

Donna Miller
June 13, 2018

Whether this is an evolution of Intel's Gen GPU or an entirely new architecture remains to be seen, as there are good arguments for both sides.

The Intel News Twitter account also posted an update confirming the plans, but included a link that leads to a November 2017 announcement about Raja Koduri, who will be leading the push.

At the moment there are only two GPU players, and these are the best graphics cards around. Intel may still just about hold sway in the CPU market, but they're now a long way behind in the graphics game.

How could Intel come into the GPU market and make a difference against multi-decade and well-established giants like AMD and NVIDIA? We might even have a GTX 1180 from Nvidia by then too. MarketWatch points out that 2020's GPU launch will mark the first step in a quest to bring high-performance GPUs to many major markets, including data centre, AI, and of course, gaming. The current codenames for Intel's upcoming GPUs are Arctic Sound and Jupiter Sound, with Raja Koduri focusing on the datacenter and AI at first, but we should expect gaming variants to arrive in the months and years after the initial push from Intel for GPU dominance.

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The discrete GPU market has always been dominated by Nvidia and AMD, but the incumbents could face more competition if Intel's discrete GPU plans succeed under Koduri. That would give it a quick way to produce a graphics card that would at least have nominally competitive performance.

Intel isn't saying anything else about the GPU at this time.

The company has been tapping AMD Radeon GPU designs for its latest processors, so I wonder where the AMD relationship ends with Radeon and Intel when it starts launching its own discrete GPUs. As we already know, you can't just build a brand new graphics chip or architecture over night, but it looks like there is now a timeline in place.

So, how is Intel going to manage such a gargantuan software feat? Well, given its track record of hiring ex-AMD staffers we wouldn't be surprised to see the next Intel GPU hire being Mr. Catalyst himself, Terry Makedon.

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