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In a very short tweet posted to their Twitter feed yesterday, Intel revealed/confirmed the launch date for their first discrete GPU developed under the company's new dGPU initiative. The current codenames for Intel's upcoming GPUs are Arctic Sound and Jupiter Sound, with Raja Koduri focusing on the datacenter and AI at first, but we should expect gaming variants to arrive in the months and years after the initial push from Intel for GPU dominance.
After Intel hired AMD's top Radeon architect, Raja Koduri, a year ago the chip maker flagged plans to deliver its own high-end discrete graphics cards.
Koduri led the Radeon Technologies Group that collaborated with Intel to help it build its new 8th Generation Core H chip with discrete graphics for slimmer laptops that can handle gaming demands.
Koduri now serves as Intel's chief architect and SVP of the newly created Core and Visual Computing Group.
However, even after the 2020 planned launched, analysts say it'll take time for Intel's upcoming graphics cards to become competitive with AMD and Nvidia.
At the same time, Intel is big in the data centre space, so there's a good chance it may just concentrate on GPUs created to put its parallel processing grunt to use in running machine learning and data processing workloads rather than attempting to run Crysis.
That nearly means Intel can't really take a particularly radical approach to its new GPU because they'll need to be as familiar as possible to encourage developers to code for them.
It's been decades since AMD and Intel last collaborated, but pressure from Nvidia has the two chip giants teaming up once again. I reported on that in July 2017, where NVIDIA would eventually shift away from making monolithic GPUs and instead use multiple GPU modules, which is far easier on development and would pave the way for a world of truly next-gen cards.