Intel's first discrete graphics chips will be available in 2020

Intel's first discrete graphics chips will be available in 2020

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When Intel hired Raja Koduri away from AMD and announced it was working on discrete GPU solutions, it still wasn't clear exactly when the company would enter the market.

Intel took to its Twitter to tease that its "first discrete GPU coming in 2020" with a picture of Raja Koduri, who left Radeon Technologies Group previous year and joined Intel on their adventures into the GPU world.

"We have exciting plans to aggressively expand our computing and graphics capabilities and build on our very strong and broad differentiated IP foundation", spouted Dr Murthy Renduchintala, Intel's chief engineering officer.

He now heads up Intel's Core and Visual Computing Group, which was formed with his appointment.

However, even after the 2020 planned launched, analysts say it'll take time for Intel's upcoming graphics cards to become competitive with AMD and Nvidia. Intel may still just about hold sway in the CPU market, but they're now a long way behind in the graphics game.

Intel confirmed that its first discrete GPU will be arriving in 2020 via Twitter.

The company has been tapping AMD Radeon GPU designs for its latest processors, so I wonder where the AMD relationship ends with Radeon and Intel when it starts launching its own discrete GPUs. In 1998 it unveiled the Intel740, or i740, in a high-profile launch.

The chip, which is smaller than a pencil eraser, could lend itself to dramatic scalability for future computing scenarios.

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.

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