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An Intel Core Processor With Custom AMD Graphics Is Coming

Intel And AMD Form Bombshell Historic Partnership To Combine Core Processors With Radeon Graphics

Rivals AMD and Intel are teaming up on a new chip for PC gaming laptops that'll try to take on Nvidia in the graphics arena.

This new chip is going to be part of Intel's 8th Gen Intel Core lineup and it brings together the company's Core H series processor with a third-party discrete graphics chip from AMD's Radeon group.

Scott Herkelman, vice president and general manager of AMD's Radeon Technologies Group, said the collaboration with Intel expands the installed base for AMD Radeon GPUs and brings to market a differentiated solution for high-performance graphics. Intel says this is the first product to take advantage of EMIB.

"Currently, most enthusiast mobile PCs have Intel Core H-series processors plus higher-powered discrete graphics, resulting in systems that average 26mm in height". Other names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners. As Intel puts it, this is a prime example of how the two companies can "compete and work together, ultimately delivering innovation that is good for consumers". But they can not deliver the power needed to run games with much gusto, so Intel's mobile chips are often paired with Nvidia GPUs in laptops.

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It's a huge announcement, in part due to the long, bitter history between AMD and Intel. Nvidia is still the leading player in the graphics chip market with customers buying its products for high-end gaming and for cryptocurrency mining, but AMD has been slowly chipping away at that lead.

There was no mention on when we can expect to see this chip in laptops, but the partnership between two traditional rivals is noteworthy and should see them combine their talents to produce something truly impressive rather than continue to duke it out in the processor world. Up until the launch of the combined Intel and AMD chip, gaming computers, be it a laptop or desktop, required an Intel semiconductor as well as a high-end chip from either Nvidia or AMD.

The power sharing framework is a connection among the processor, graphics chip, and graphics memory, with software drivers and interfaces in the semi-custom discrete GPU that coordinates information among all three elements. AMD have just confirmed they are working with Intel to create a new eighth generation premium mobile processor with Radeon graphics. At the heart of the design is an embedded multi-die interconnect bridge (EMIB), a small intelligent bridge that allows heterogeneous silicon to quickly pass information in close proximity. It will also be interesting to see how this affects Nvidia.

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