Well, here’s a rumour that will make you feel insanely skeptical: according to HardOCP’s Kyle Bennett, Intel has reportedly struck a deal with AMD to license Radeon GPU technologies inside Intel’s iGPUs (integrated GPU). It may seem a little odd for Intel to ‘need’ something from its closest CPU rival, but looking at Intel’s uninspiring iGPU performance in recent times, it somehow makes a little sense.
Interestingly, Bennett went on to say that “the licensing deal between AMD and Intel is signed and done for putting AMD GPU tech into Intel’s iGPU”. If this were to be believed, then one could assume that both parties may have already come to an agreement.
As most of our readers may have already known, some of AMD’s upcoming Zen-based APUs may come equipped with rather powerful integrated graphics – based on either the Polaris or Vega GPU architectures. Knowing this, we’d imagine that Intel would definitely want a piece of that cake for its next generation processors as well.
However, one odd – but sensible – fact was mentioned by Bennett “Intel in no way wants this to be public.” One couldn’t really blame the company for wanting this. The way we see it, Intel will simply ‘use’ AMD’s GPU tech without explicitly mentioning that it is. After all, Intel is only looking to license the GPU technology from AMD.
We’ve reported plenty of rumours regarding Intel, AMD, and Nvidia in the past, but never have I wanted our readers to take an article with a pinch of salt more than this one. One has to consider the fact that this rumour is only coming from one source, which, of course, makes the chances of it actually materialising rather slim.