Last year, it was announced that Raja Koduri would be joining Intel to lead the company’s charge into the discrete GPU market. As we already know, you can’t just build a brand new graphics chip or architecture over night, but it looks like there is now a timeline in place. This week, it was confirmed that Intel expects to release its first discrete GPU in 2020.
Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich confirmed this news during an event for analysts last week. MarketWatch points out that 2020’s GPU launch will mark the first step in a quest to bring high-performance GPUs to many major markets, including data centre, AI, and of course, gaming.
— Intel News (@intelnews) June 12, 2018
Intel unfortunately is not ready to detail what performance level or market it is targeting for its first GPU launch. 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.
With Intel now joining the discrete graphics race, it will be interesting to see how AMD and Nvidia respond, perhaps this will spur up all-time high levels of competition in the space.
KitGuru Says: We still know very little about Intel’s first discrete GPU architecture and what it will be capable of. Still, it is an exciting time, and we’ll be watching with keen eyes.