Intel and AMD are forming an unholy laptop chip alliance

Intel and AMD are forming an unholy laptop chip alliance

Troy Powers
November 7, 2017

PCWORLD is reporting that AMD and Intel are to co-design an Intel Core microprocessor with a custom AMD Radeon graphics core inside the processor package.

Intel and AMD announced today that they have partnered to create a new ultrathin laptop chip unit that combines Intel's 8th Gen Intel Core central processing unit with a custom-designed AMD Radeon integrated graphics processing unit or GPU chip. The executive added that together, they are offering gamers and content creators the opportunity to have a thinner and lighter PC that is capable of delivering discrete performance-tier graphics experiences in AAA games and content creation applications.

The upcoming chip will be part of Intel's 8th-generation Intel Core family and will start shipping in next year's first quarter to laptop vendors. I personally have been covering the IT market with special focus on ATI, Nvidia, later AMD and Intel for 18 years and we have veterans who have been following up this market for more than four decades, and staff at Fudzilla and previously The Inquirer exclusively broke hundreds of stories. And AMD has a new class of chips out now that could erode Intel's position in the PC and data center sectors. Intel's latest version of this tech, the Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge, or EMIB for short, will bring an Intel CPU and semi-custom (likely Polaris-based) Radeon GPU into the same package, alongside stacked HBM2 memory. Currently, most of the high-performance laptops have Intel Core H-series processors combined with a high-end discrete graphics from AMD or NVIDIA. AMD is very specific in pointing out that this new chip will be aimed at more serious gamers, whereas the Ryzen chips can run general games, but aren't designed for the specific goal of serious gaming. It's described as a small intelligent bridge "that allows heterogeneous silicon to quickly pass information in extremely close proximity". AMD makes great processors, but from a performance perspective, Intel often beats them. We had a good laugh seeing that Intel's PR is quoting AMD's Scott Herkelman, an ex-Nvidia Geforce guy.

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Since AMD's Lisa Su really likes the semi-custom business, the fact that Intel calls this solution a semi-custom GPU, speaks for itself. "Not only does it help manage temperature, power delivery and performance state in real time, it also enables system designers to adjust the ratio of power sharing between the processor and graphics based on workloads and usages, like performance gaming", Intel explains.