Intel and AMD Combine Forces for New Processor

Posted November 07, 2017

AMD and Intel are partnering on chips that will marry Radeon GPU technology with high-end Core processing units.

AMD's VP and GM of RTG, Scott Herkelman, added a statement of his own: "Our collaboration with Intel expands the installed base for AMD Radeon GPUs and brings to market a differentiated solution for high-performance graphics". Nevertheless, Intel did pointed out that the new processor is combination of Intel Core H-series CPU together with a semi-custom AMD Radeon GPU.

There have been rumors about something like this for months, but they were either unconfirmed or denied, but now, with actual press releases from both companies, we know AMD and Intel have formed a partnership to combine strengths in the mobile sector.

The notebooks powered by this chip won't compete with those powered by AMD's recently announced Ryzen chips. You could go thin and light using the Intel Core U-series processors.

Although Intel and AMD are teaming up for the new laptop chip, the two companies still consider each other to be rivals. 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. Most thin and light laptops only have a CPU, as they can handle basic graphics pretty well, but GPUs are required for more power-hungry tasks, like gaming or video editing. Nvidia lately has emerged as a bigger rival to Intel with an accelerated push in the AI and machine learning business, along with offering quality graphics cards for consumer and enterprise computers. This technology is described as a bridge that allows heterogeneous silicon to quickly pass information in extremely close proximity. Overall, this is quite a technological breakthrough that should give PC OEMs more room to innovate with their laptop designs going forward.

The result is a new mobile platform that will, according to Intel, allow for "thinner, lighter devices across notebooks, 2 in 1s and mini desktops, while delivering incredible performance and graphics for enthusiasts". This eliminates height impact, as well as manufacturing and design complexities, making for more powerful, efficient products in small packages. Is Intel really working with its competition? Intel and AMD are aiming to capitalize on that and at the same time steal market share from Nvidia. This $257 Dollars proc is again a six-core processor that you will need to seat on a Z37.