Intel To Power Up Its First Discrete GPU Confirmed For 2020 Launch

Joanna Estrada
June 13, 2018

Last year, it was announced that Raja Koduri would be joining Intel to lead the company's charge into the discrete GPU market. Still doesn't mean we won't hear about it at CES 2019, but now we know for a fact it'll be here in 2020. Either way though, a 2020 launch date would be aggressive, particularly since Raja Koduri only joined Intel's Core and Visual Computing Group in December 2017.

Discrete GPUs are standalone components from the CPU that enable more powerful graphics than the integrated GPUs Intel now offers. As further confirmation of this timeline and ambition, Intel's official Twitter news channel shared the Tweet you can see below.

Intel has confirmed that it will start selling discrete graphics cards in 2020, which will be aimed at various markets including gaming, AI and the data centre. This GPU is nearly certainly aimed at compute users first and foremost - especially if Intel adopts a bleeding edge-like strategy that AMD and NVIDIA have started to favor - but Intel's dGPU efforts are not entirely focused on professionals. That's where multi-chip modules (or MCM) steps up to the plate, as well as EMIB (Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge).

However, it's still very exciting news for gamers, who'll be licking their lips at the prospect of Intel, Nvidia and AMD going head-to-head (-to-head).

The processing power Nvidia's GPUs are capable of has made them a useful tool for those dealing in ether, but the company's CEO would prefer the GPUs be kept for use in areas such as gaming or high-performance computing. That's only ten years after the last time Intel promised it would have a discrete graphics card shipped... and failed to deliver. Rumors also suggest Intel codenamed one of the upcoming GPUs "Arctic Sound". 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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