After the surprising Deal between AMD and Intel, which allows Intel to produce a CPU including an AMD GPU, Intel&s next step in GPU is now following: AMD&s GPU chief developer, Raja Koduri, responsible for AMD&s graphics architectures Polaris and Vega technology and with many years of experience in the field of GPU architecture (including Apple), will leave AMD and go to the next level.
His task will be to not only further develop the existing Intel iGPUs, but also to develop a discrete (i. e. not integrated in the CPU) high-end GPU for the areas of artificial intelligence, visualization, graphics and image processing.
Currently, Intel&s integrated iGPUs deliver a performance that is equivalent to that of external subclass GPUs. The GPU market for high-end (decided) dGPUs is currently divided between Nvidia and AMD. When Intel wants to get involved in this in the future is not clear from Intel&s press release - should the existing GPU Architekutr be scaled up or should a completely new GPU be created (which would take several years)?
Intel shows that the lucrative market of high-end GPUs, which is currently booming through AI/Deep Learning applications, doesn&t want to leave it to AMD and Nvidia - hopefully this will lead to new interesting graphics solutions for users in the new 3-series competition.