Intel and AMD announce historic partnership to enable thinner PCs with discrete graphics

Intel today announced a surprising partnership with its arch-rival AMD to enable sleeker, thinner PCs with high-performance CPU and discrete graphics. Currently, most of the high-performance laptops have Intel Core H-series processors combined with a high-end discrete graphics from AMD or NVIDIA. These systems average 26 mm in thickness whereas the modern premium laptops are trending down to 16 mm or less. To deliver great performance without compromising on the thickness of the device, Intel is combining their Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB) technology with a new power-sharing framework.

At the heart of this new design is EMIB, a small intelligent bridge that allows heterogeneous silicon to quickly pass information in extremely close proximity. EMIB eliminates height impact as well as manufacturing and design complexities, enabling faster, more powerful and more efficient products in smaller sizes. This is the first consumer product that takes advantage of EMIB.

Intel’s upcoming 8th Gen Intel Core product will bring the high-performing Intel Core H-series processor, second generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) and a custom-to-Intel third-party discrete graphics chip from AMD’s Radeon together in a single processor package. Yes, Intel worked with AMD to design a new semi-custom graphics chip! This new product will reduce the silicon footprint to half allowing OEMs to design thin and light designs with improved thermal dissipation. This will also allow OEMs to increate the battery life of PCs.

“Our collaboration with Intel expands the installed base for AMD Radeon GPUs and brings to market a differentiated solution for high-performance graphics,” said Scott Herkelman, vice president and general manager, AMD Radeon Technologies Group. “Together we are offering gamers and content creators the opportunity to have a thinner-and-lighter PC capable of delivering discrete performance-tier graphics experiences in AAA games and content creation applications. This new semi-custom GPU puts the performance and capabilities of Radeon graphics into the hands of an expanded set of enthusiasts who want the best visual experience possible.”

We will come to know more about PCs based on this new Intel technology in the first quarter of 2018.

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