Intel Will Enter GPU Market By 2020

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"Raja is one of the most experienced, innovative and respected graphics and system architecture visionaries in the industry and the latest example of top technical talent to join Intel", said Dr. Murthy Renduchintala, Intel's chief engineering officer and group president of the Client and Internet of Things Businesses and System Architecture.

Now it's possible that Intel could just take its existing GPU technology, the silicon currently baked into its Coffee Lake CPUs, and just throw more of its execution units into a discrete GPU package.

In November, Intel hinted at its ambitions to expand into dedicated PC graphics cards with the hiring of Raja Koduri, the former chief architect of AMD's Radeon Technologies Group, which is best known for developing gaming GPUs.

Intel also followed up with a tweet featuring Raja's lovely, beaming face and a reassertion that its first discrete GPU was coming in 2020.

Koduri now serves as Intel's chief architect and SVP of the newly created Core and Visual Computing Group.

Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich confirmed this news during an event for analysts last week. Though we do know from Intel's statements when they hired Koduri that they're starting with high-end GPUs, a fitting choice given the accelerator market Intel is going after.

At the same time, Intel is big in the data centre space, so there's a good chance it may just concentrate on GPUs created to put its parallel processing grunt to use in running machine learning and data processing workloads rather than attempting to run Crysis.

"Though few doubt the capability of Intel for chip design, building a new GPU architecture from the ground up is not a small task. Intel needs to provide a performance and efficiency level that is in the same ballpark as Nvidia and AMD; within 20 percent or so", the analyst noted.

Intel's new GPU initiative is not its first venture into discrete graphics.

It's been decades since AMD and Intel last collaborated, but pressure from Nvidia has the two chip giants teaming up once again.

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