Two Rivals, Intel And AMD Join Hands To Battle Another Rival, Nvidia

AMD shares surge on a report of laptop chip deal with Intel to fight off Nvidia

Intel just announced today that has collaborated with AMD to deliver 8 generation Core processors that have AMD Radeon Vega graphics integrated into a single, multi-die package.

"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", AMD president Scott Herkelman adds. The new products are scheduled to ship as early as the first quarter of 2018.

"It's a prime example of hardware and software innovations intersecting to create something unbelievable 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. However, Intel has actually always had a "good relationship" with AMD's Radeon group, which develops discrete graphics cards used in many Intel-powered PCs, according to Moorhead.

Putting an AMD chip on an Intel inside notebook on the same PCB would enable intel to have a system with much smaller height, while packing a discrete graphics solution. While Intel has always been the dominant player in the PC chip market, leaving AMD in second place for decades, it hasn't been successful in the graphics chip market. The goal is to deliver driver updates for new games on the day they are released, or shortly before, just as AMD and Nvidia now do with their gaming graphics products. This allows for real-time monitoring of temperature, power, and performance - yet again, not unlike AMD's Infinity Fabric.

The power sharing framework is a connection among the processor, graphics chip, and graphics memory, with software drivers and interfaces in the semi-custom discrete GPU that coordinates information among all three elements. Intel shares were up 0.8%, near 46.50. Overall, this is quite a technological breakthrough that should give PC OEMs more room to innovate with their laptop designs going forward. Though with the Mac Mini not being updated in some time, it could be the device that could take advantage of this new Intel-AMD package. Nvidia holds almost 80% of the market for stand-alone graphics chips by revenue, in direct competition with AMD, and competes with Intel on artificial intelligence chips for large corporations, the Wall Street Journal noted.

Furthermore, the semi-custom GPU is not only made specifically for Intel but it also features the second generation High Bandwidth Memory 2 (HBM2) which made the upcoming chip as the first mobile processor to it.

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