Ever since Intel lured AMD’s head of graphics Raja Koduri away, the question has been: when will Intel get into the mud with NVIDIA and AMD? If all goes well, 2020.
That’s the date set by Intel themselves, in a statement to The Register. “We’re pleased to confirm our first discrete GPU is coming in 2020,” Intel said, adding that they wanted to “expand” their integrated graphics line with “high-end discrete graphics solutions for a broad range of computing segments”.
The confirmation comes after a report from PC Perspective owner Ryan Shrout, who said Intel CEO Brian Krzanich set the date during a briefing call.
Navin Shenoy, executive VP of Intel’s data centre division, reportedly added that the GPU offerings would target consumer computing – workstations, gaming PCs – as well as data centres (GPUs for machine learning and AI, basically).
Raja Koduri joined Intel in November last year, so this timeline would give about three years for Intel’s GPU offering to come together from scratch. That’s an ambitious, aggressive timeline, especially in a world where manufacturers are having enough troubles as is moving to the next process node.
By 2020 both NVIDIA and AMD will have moved into the single digits: AMD has already begun sampling 7nm GPUs for their workstation line of GPUs, and consumer level offerings are expected next year. NVIDIA was expected to announce their next line of GPUs in late August, although nothing there is set in stone.