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Intel Teams Up With AMD for New 8th-Generation Processors With AMD GPUs

Longtime rivals Intel and AMD are joining forces to produce new 8th-Generation H-Series Intel mobile processors paired with stacked second-generation High Bandwidth Memory and custom-built discrete graphics from AMD, Intel announced today.

For the new H-Series chips, which feature all of the above listed components in a single processor package, Intel says is using its Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge (EMIB), a power-sharing framework that reduces the standard silicon footprint to less than half that of standard discrete components on a motherboard.
At the heart of this new design is EMIB, a small intelligent bridge that allows heterogeneous silicon to quickly pass information in extremely close proximity. EMIB eliminates height impact as well as manufacturing and design complexities, enabling faster, more powerful and more efficient products in smaller sizes. This is the first consumer product that takes advantage of EMIB.
Intel has also developed unique software drivers and interfaces for the discrete GPU to coordinate information among all package elements, managing temperature and power delivery along with allowing system designers to optimize the power sharing between processor and graphics for specific tasks like performance gaming.

Through this collaboration, Intel and AMD are aiming to create a chip that will enable thinner, lighter, more powerful mobile devices through a better combination of performance-level processors and discrete graphics in a smaller form factor. The end goal is to create laptops that are thin and portable, but still powerful enough to handle serious gaming and other GPU intensive tasks.

The partnership will allow AMD and Intel to better compete with Nvidia in the high-end laptop/compact desktop market.

There are, however, still a lot of unknowns about the chip, and Intel says more information will be available in the future. The first machines that use the new technology will be released in the first quarter of 2018.

Tags: Intel, AMD

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19 months ago
I've just checked: Pigs aren't flying yet, but they have grown wings.
Rating: 23 Votes
19 months ago
...dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!
Rating: 19 Votes
19 months ago
Intel is doing this because they know what Apple is doing.
Rating: 12 Votes
19 months ago
Macbook Pro, 6 core, 10nm, 16/32GB HBM2 with vega coming summer 2018.
Rating: 10 Votes
19 months ago
Decision to join forces was taken in 5 minutes after the A11 benchmarks got published.
Rating: 8 Votes
19 months ago
Rating: 6 Votes
19 months ago

The first machines that use the new technology will be released in the first quarter of 2018.

Translated in real world speak: Maybe late 2018, possibly sometime in 2019, could be never. Cuz Intel timelines are just general approximations of "we might do it".
Rating: 5 Votes
19 months ago
FWIW, these things appear to be Kaby Lake (not Coffee Lake), and four-core (''). "8th-generation" because Intel's marketing department likes to be confusing.

So they're not Coffee Lake, much less Cannon Lake. They're not six-core. They don't have LPDDR4.

Still, this is probably something Apple has been hoping for. Since Iris Pro appears to be dead, my guess is Apple had no choice but to make the Touch Bar MacBook Pros all dedicated GPU configurations (unlike the Retina ones). Now, they can go back to integrated-only configurations, which will improve battery life and reduce the price tag.
Rating: 5 Votes
19 months ago
Put it in a Mac Mini. PLEASE!
Rating: 5 Votes
19 months ago
As long as Apple can get one with 512Megs of Video Ram, you might see it in a Mac Mini, in the next couple of years.

Oh wait, this is a 45w CPU, that's WAY too much power for a Mac Mini.
Rating: 4 Votes

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