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Published: Tue, November 07, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Intel announces laptop gaming chips with AMD Radeon graphics

Intel announces laptop gaming chips with AMD Radeon graphics

The product will pack an Intel Core H-series processor with a graphics chip from AMD's Radeon group to boost performance on gaming laptops while retaining thin and light designs, Intel said on Monday.

The collaboration is being interpreted as a way for Intel and AMD to counteract the increasing success of Nvidia's GPUs. The executive added that together, they are offering gamers and content creators the opportunity to have a thinner and lighter PC that is capable of delivering discrete performance-tier graphics experiences in AAA games and content creation applications.

"It's a prime example of hardware and software innovations intersecting to create something wonderful that fills a unique market gap", said Christopher Walker, vice president of the Client Computing Group and general manager of the Mobile Client Platform at Intel, in a blog post.

But the real story here, of course, is Intel's collaboration with AMD, one of its biggest CPU competitors. Intel processors work great on operating systems that use the Linux kernel, but discrete graphics such as those from AMD can be problematic.

Chris Walker, who is vice president of the Client Computing Group and general manager of the Mobile Client Platform at Intel Corporation, has taken the time to write a blog (news) as, apparently, if you want to lead a PC chip division, you need to be a good journalist too. 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. This technology is described as a bridge that allows heterogeneous silicon to quickly pass information in extremely close proximity. Intel calls the EMIB the heart of the chip unit design, and the company says that it eliminates height impact and greatly reduces manufacturing and design complexities. "If successful, Intel participates in the discrete graphics revenue for the first time and AMD gets its Radeon graphics into high-end gaming notebooks". If that wasn't enough, Intel also announced that it is bundling the design with the latest high-bandwidth memory, HBM2. Similarly, the power sharing framework is a new connection tailor-made by Intel among the processor, discrete graphics chip and dedicated graphics memory. With that said, Intel has no answer to NVIDIA on the GPU front, while AMD APU products are exceptional.

The unnamed product will be based on Intel's 8 generation Core family.

Laptops using this new chip could give manufacturers a significant boost in power while dedicating more space to other components or slimming devices down.

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