Intel And AMD Join Forces To Develop A New Laptop Chip

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However, I'm curious about AMD's decision to do this, what with its own mobile platform launching soon...

The processing package, which should start shipping in early 2018, is being created under Intel's direction, with AMD treating its Radeon core as a custom design for the new chip. The two companies have been competing tooth and nail for decades, and to see a partnership like this appear now - especially in a year when AMD has restored itself as a competitive brand with their Ryzen desktop CPUs - is nothing short of staggering. AMD is very specific in pointing out that this new chip will be aimed at more serious gamers, whereas the Ryzen chips can run general games, but aren't designed for the specific goal of serious gaming.

AMD have been utilising package substrate connectivity between multiple dies for the best part of a year now with their "glued-together" Threadripper and EPYC products.

If successful, the partnership certainly puts Nvidia in a precarious spot.

Size comparison between a standard implementation of discrete GPU and CPU on a laptop against the upcoming 8th Gen Intel Core processor with semi-custom AMD Radeon chip and HBM2 memory.

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Monday's partnership might sound odd, given that AMD and Intel have been competitors for years in the PC chip industry. This allows for real-time monitoring of temperature, power, and performance - yet again, not unlike AMD's Infinity Fabric.

"Currently, most enthusiast mobile PCs have Intel Core H-series processors plus higher-powered discrete graphics, resulting in systems that average 26mm in height", Intel said in a statement.

These may sound similar to AMD's APUs, but, at least at a manufacturing level, they aren't quite the same. With personal computers seeing lackluster sales, the one bright spot has been high-end laptops that can play these graphic-intensive games. The idea is that powerful laptops for gamers no longer have to be chunky beasts. But while Ryzen has picked up plenty of steam, we're yet to see any competition from AMD in gaming laptops as of yet.

Shares of AMD, which have been languishing in a sideways trend over the past ten months, popped 7.19% percent on the news - past the $12 mark - in Monday's premarket trading, and are now trading at $11.70 at the time of this writing.

"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.

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