It appears Intel is finally going ahead with its plan to launch its own discrete GPU. The semiconductor maker recently tweeted its decision via its official Twitter account, saying that they intend to have a functioning discrete GPU by the year 2020.
Intel’s move into the discrete GPU market is not a new one, nor is it surprising. Back in November 2017, Intel hired AMD’s former Radeon Technologies Group chief, Raja Koduri. He is presently the chief architect of Intel’s Core and Visual Computing Group.
Intel’s intention to create its own discrete GPU could also be seen as being strategical; for years, the CPU maker has been dependent on its GPU partners, NVIDIA and AMD, especially in the notebooks market. Of course, by manufacturing its own discrete GPU, the move will put Intel directly in competition with the two.
— Intel News (@intelnews) June 12, 2018
This won’t be Intel’s first GPU-related endeavour. Earlier in the year, the company announced its new G-Series processors. These processors combine its 8th generation Core CPU with AMD’s Radeon RX Vega M GPU via its Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB) technology. To date, Intel’s Hades Canyon NUC and the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 are the only devices housing the new processors.