Intel Teams with AMD on Latest Core Processors

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Under the partnership, AMD's semi-custom graphics chip will be integrated into Intel's new multi-chip processor package for personal computing.

Specifically, the new processor integrates a "semi-custom" AMD graphics chip and the second generation of Intel's "High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2)", which is comparable to GDDR 5 in a traditional laptop.

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

Intel also mentions that this will be the first consumer product that uses the EMIB small intelligent bridge design. The companies will largely market the chip to gamers, and the product won't compete with AMD's forthcoming Ryzen Mobile chips. By comparison, most notebooks PCs that now feature Core H-Series processors average about 26mm in height. 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. To deliver great performance without compromising on the thickness of the device, Intel is combining their Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB) technology with a new power-sharing framework.

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This chip will power a new breed of portable notebooks that can deliver discrete performance-tier graphics experiences in AAA games.

Intel and AMD's chip will be part of Intel's 8th generation of Core processors, but it's still unclear when we'll start to see laptops running on the new chip. Most thin and light laptops only have a CPU, as they can handle basic graphics pretty well, but GPUs are required for more power-hungry tasks, like gaming or video editing. At Intel's Manufacturing Day earlier this year, they even produced a slide (above) showcasing what might be possible: a processor package with the x86 cores made on one technology, the graphics made in another, perhaps different IO and memory or wireless technologies too. The benefits of EMIB were clear, without the drawbacks of standard MCP design or the cost of interposers: it would also allow a design to go beyond the monolithic reticle limit of standard lithography processes.

AMD shares jumped 5 percent on Monday's news, to $11.68. 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. This $257 United States dollars proc is again a six-core processor that you will need to seat on a Z37.

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