Intel, AMD to work on new laptop chip to compete with Nvidia‘s
(FinancialPress) — Intel (INTC) and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) are putting their intense rivalry on hold. The tech giants will work together and use an Intel processor and AMD graphics unit ‘to produce a laptop computer chip. The partnership – the first between the companies since 1980 – will be aimed towards gaming laptops: with a sleek and portable design and capable of intense graphic and processing capacity for gamers. It will come out with Intel Core‘s eight-gen line.
The main target of the duo‘s product, serious gamers, makes it so that the chipset will not clash with AMD‘s Ryzen chips, since the latter – while designed for ultrathin laptops too, will be able to run games but are not specifically designed for the purpose. The Ryzen chips will come out at the end of 2017.
As per an Intel statement, the collaboration will be the first consumer product to use the EMIB small intelligent bridge design. The design in question allows information to be passed lightning-fast in “extremely close proximity“. This allows chips to be considerably smaller while still packing a more powerful capacity. The product will use HBM2, and will be compatible with notebooks, mini desktops and two-in-ones.
This is another instance in which Intel attempts to lock horns with Nvidia (NVDA), which has made itself the name brand in the blooming AI market. Intel has delved into neuromorphic chips in an attempt to get gear up in the wake of the Artificial Intelligence race. Meanwhile, Nvidia GPUs are already actively being used in various ways in the field. Their AI landing page reads “Preventing disease. Building smart cities. Revolutionizing analytics. These are just a few things happening today with AI and, specifically, deep learning. Deep learning was only a theory until recently when teams around the world started using NVIDIA GPUs. Already, organizations are using deep learning to transform moonshots into real results.“