Looks like Intel’s and AMD’s partnership might actually bear fruit sooner than we thought, if a tweet by well-known tech stock commentator and Twitter user Ashraf Eassa (@TMFChipFool) is to be believed. According to Eassa, Intel’s current head of its graphics department, Raja Koduri, is already working on a new discrete GPU. Not only that, it also has a codename – Arctic Sound.
Eassa’s tweet also hints Koduri has already decided to break down Intel’s dGPU into two variants; video streaming and gaming (the last one for obvious reasons). Beyond that, there’s isn’t a whole lot of information to go on.
This bit of news actually ties back to an earlier report, where Eassa had also previously tweeted about Arctic Sound. It’s important to note that this dGPU will reportedly be using the same Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB) technology seen in Intel’s G-Series CPUs, but without any of AMD’s Radeon DNA within it.
Bonus: Apparently @Rajaontheedge is redefining Arctic Sound (first Intel dGPU), was originally targeted for video streaming apps in data center, but now being split into two: the video streaming stuff and gaming. Apparently wants to “enter the market with a bang.”
— Ashraf Eassa (@TMFChipFool) April 6, 2018
It’s no secret that Intel has struggled with creating a proper dGPU; a market that is currently dominated by GPU maker NVIDIA. To that end, the company decidedly entered into a partnership with the GPU segment of its long-time rival, AMD. Not only that, Intel also poached AMD’s then head of Radeon Technologies Group (RTG), Raja Koduri to spearhead its new graphics department.