Intel, AMD Partner on Chip for Slim, Powerful Gaming Laptops

Intel introduces a new product in the 8th Gen Intel Core processor family that combines high-performance CPU with discrete graphics for a thin sleek design

Intel, AMD Partner on Chip for Slim, Powerful Gaming Laptops

Intel announced its EMIB technology over the last twelve months, with the core theme being the ability to put multiple and different silicon dies onto the same package at a much higher bandwidth than a standard multi-chip package but at a much lower cost than using a silicon interposer.

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.

"Our collaboration with Intel expands the installed base for AMD Radeon GPUs and brings to market a differentiated solution for high-performance graphics", added Scott Herkelman, vice president and general manager of AMD Radeon Technologies Group.

It's been a busy year, with AMD making a rare return to form at the start of Q1, to Intel rushing out a launch of their own at the end of the year in response - the status quo has certainly taken a hit.

The laptop built with the newly-designed chips won't compete with AMD's Ryzen chips.

Intel and AMD are rivals in the same industry and yet they've teamed up to develop a new laptop chip, possibly to take on NVIDIA. 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.

AMD also recently revamped its graphics-chip designs, looking to take share away from Nvidia, which has almost 80% of the market for stand-alone graphics chips by revenue. This technology is described as a bridge that allows heterogeneous silicon to quickly pass information in extremely close proximity. "We're opening the door for thinner, lighter devices across notebooks, 2 in 1s and mini desktops, while delivering incredible performance and graphics for enthusiasts", shared Walker. 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. But there was one piece missing: Discrete graphics. And, this is what Intel and AMD are trying to focus on along with chipping away at some of Nvidia's market.

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

Intel also recently partnered with Waymo to work on fully autonomous cars, ZDNet reported.

Both AMD and Intel told PCWorld that the product of AMD-Intel will be an "evolution" of Intel's 8th-generation, H-series Core chips with the capability to preserve battery life.

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