RedShark News - Strange but true: Intel is putting AMD graphics cores into its processors
To put it kindly Intel's progress in processors has been less than stellar recently.Â On the other hand, In spite of being very new to the market, AMD's Ryzen and ThreadRipper processors are generating quite a bit more buzz than Intel's Coffee Lake processor, which I'm sure that most people didn't even notice.
Not that Coffee Lake really adds much to the fray. It's yet another fairly minor enhancement to the SkyLake processor, following in the footsteps of Kaby lake, whose big new feature was a less mediocre GPU.
Even though the SkyLake processor and its two derivatives have been very well received due to the improvement in memory management, cache and â€” in particular for those of us working with 4K and larger video â€” the enhanced SIMD engine in the FPU, turning it into something of a computational monster.
Yet, in spite of such a powerful GPU, nVidia's Pascal and AMD's Polaris have pretty much trounced it. Now with Vega and Volta looming, alongside serious competition from the Ryzen line, Intel's looking a bit battered. While Intel still has a potential ace in the hole waiting in the wings, 3DXPoint is still a new and untested technology and it's anybody's guess when Intel and Micron will be rolling that out in volume, and even then it still has to pass muster with the rest of the industry, lest it go the way of Rambus.
So Intel has resurrected and updated the multi-chip module with a new acronym, EMIB: Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge. It allows Intel to combine an Intel Core processor with a Radeon (!) Core and a cache of 2nd generation High Bandwidth Memory.
Yes, you read that correctly, Intel approached AMD for a custom GPU for the successor to Coffee Lake. And it's coming soon â€” early 2018 if all goes as planned.
nVidia has been working on making thin and light gaming and VR-capable laptops with its Max-Q Design program. While most of them are based on Intel processors, one big challenge for Intel is that the margins on the processor are shrinking, while the margins for the GPUs are not. Intel's own GPUs aren't even in the ballpark of competing with Pascal GPUs, and nVidia is squeezing AMD out of this market as well.
The EMIB technology isn't new. Intel has been using it for a while with its Altera line of FPGAs. Intel designed its EMIB with modularity in mind, making it possible to use it to integrate dif