In a really brief tweet posted to their Twitter feed yesterday, Intel revealed/confirmed the launch date for his or her first discrete GPU developed below the corporate’s new dGPU initiative. The in any other case unnamed high-end GPU will probably be launching in 2020, a brief two to two-and-a-half years from now.
Intel's first discrete GPU coming in 2020: https://t.co/s9EPeFifBp pic.twitter.com/n5zmUY2Mc2
— Intel Information (@intelnews) June 12, 2018
The tweet was posted amidst reviews that Intel had given the identical particulars to a small group of analysts final week, with the tweet being launched to substantiate these reviews. The character of the assembly itself hasn’t been disclosed, however Intel often offers analysts extraordinarily broad timelines for brand spanking new applied sciences as a part of outlining their plans to stay on prime of the market.
This new GPU can be the primary GPU to come back out of Intel’s revitalized GPU efforts, which kicked into excessive gear on the finish of 2017 with the hiring of former AMD and Apple GPU boss Raja Koduri. Intel in fact is within the midst of watching sometimes-ally and sometimes-rival NVIDIA develop at a virtually absurd tempo because of the machine studying growth, so Intel’s third shot at dGPUs is finally an effort to determine themselves in a marketplace for accelerators that’s not area of interest however is more and more splitting off clients who beforehand would have relied solely on Intel CPUs.
Apparently, a 2020 launch date for the brand new discrete GPU is contained in the estimate window we had seen for the challenge. However the lengthy growth cycle for a high-end GPU signifies that this challenge was undoubtedly began earlier than Raja Koduri joined Intel in late 2017 – almost definitely it will have wanted to kick off in the beginning of the yr, if not in 2016 – so this means that Koduri has certainly inherited an present Intel challenge, reasonably than ranging from scratch. Whether or not that is an evolution of Intel’s Gen GPU or a wholly new structure stays to be seen, as there are good arguments for either side.
Intel isn’t saying anything concerning the GPU presently. Although we do know from Intel’s statements after they employed Koduri that they’re beginning with high-end GPUs, a becoming alternative given the accelerator market Intel goes after. This GPU is sort of definitely aimed toward compute customers at the start – particularly if Intel adopts a bleeding edge-like technique that AMD and NVIDIA have began to favor – however Intel’s dGPU efforts should not solely centered on professionals. Intel has additionally confirmed that they wish to go after the gaming market as nicely, although what that may entail – and when – is one other query solely.