Can eternal competitors work together? In the world of new technologies everything is possible, especially when this cooperation pays off on both sides. That’s why Samsung has produced OLED screens for the iPhone X despite the fact that Koreans compete with Apple at every turn. That’s why rumours about Intel CPU with AMD graphics chip may have been a bit startling. However, they have just been confirmed.
True, the solution announced by Intel is not exactly what was imagined on the basis of these rumours. Initial speculations were that Intel and AMD will jointly manufacture a processor that would have an integrated Radeon graphics card. We all know that AMD processors are much better at gaming, but Intel is at the forefront of performance and optimal power management. The new Ryzen mobile processors may change this situation, but they have not yet appeared on the market. Intel and AMD do not design a common processor. This is in some way disappointing but such an alliance of both giants could lead to monopoly and lack of competition in the processor market.
Intel is working on a solution with their processor with an AMD graphics card in a single house chip.
It will be a kind of hybrid solution. On one board will be the 8-generation Intel Core H processor, HBM2 memory (High Bandwidth Memory) and the specially designed AMD Radeon graphics chipset. All these 3 components will be connected to each other by an EMIB (Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge) bus. This is Intel’s own technology, which was already used in FPGA boards. EMIB allows for fast data transfer between two chips integrated in one system. Therefore, the new solution is not only efficient but it also takes up less space. These processors will be used in ultrabooks, because in addition to high performance, the new chips will also provide a unified power management system that will control the graphics and processor. In addition, the placement of all components in the common casing will help to cool the efficient components.
The first leaks on specifications and test results have already appeared.
Intel has not revealed any details about the chips. Unofficial information refers to the Kaby Lake-G processors integrated into the Vega 24 graphics chip, which has 24 NCUs (Next-Generation Compute Unit). The processor will have 4 GB of HBM2 memory clocked at 700 MHz or 800 MHz, depending on the model. Currently, the Kaby Lake-G series is known for 3 processor models: Core i7-8705G, Core i7-8706G and Core i7-8809G, which will have the same base frequency (i.e. 3.1 GHz), but differ in maximum Turbo mode frequency up to 4.1 GHz. All models have 4 physical cores and 8 logical threads.