Intel pairs with longtime rival AMD to challenge Nvidia


The resulting chip will take advantage of a new process that should allow Intel and AMD to bring more robust graphics power to lightweight notebooks.

In a move that seems odd considering the competitive nature of rivals, chip maker Intel has partnered with AMD to create a chip using Intel's 8th generation H-series mobile Core chip and Radeon graphics.

"Our collaboration with Intel expands the installed base for AMD Radeon GPUs and brings to market a differentiated solution for high-performance graphics" Scott Herkelman says, vice president and general manager of Radeon Technologies Group. The executive added that together, they are offering gamers and content creators the opportunity to have a thinner and lighter PC that is capable of delivering discrete performance-tier graphics experiences in AAA games and content creation applications. If that wasn't enough, Intel also announced that it is bundling the design with the latest high-bandwidth memory, HBM2. Other names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

The partnership marks the companies' first collaboration since the 1980s, analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy told The Wall Street Journal, and was likely forged to battle joint competitor Nvidia. 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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On Monday, it was revealed that AMD and Intel will converge for the first time in a bid to reduce the thickness of mobile platforms.

AMD said the product won't compete with its own Ryzen chips - also designed for gamers wanting thin laptops - that are due out at the end of the year.

It's a huge announcement, in part due to the long, bitter history between AMD and Intel. This allows information to pass more quickly in "extreme close proximity". The Intel-AMD partnership on this chip could represent a joint move to push back on NVIDIA's aggressive launch schedule and powerful graphics components that have always been gamer favorites. And while it may not directly compete from a graphics standpoint, Intel is still facing potentially stiff competition from NVIDIA in the machine learning space. The goal is to deliver driver updates for new games on the day they are released, or shortly before, just as AMD and Nvidia now do with their gaming graphics products.

We can expect notebooks powered by this Intel and AMD-developed chip to be released in the coming months.