Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 6th Nov 2017 15:31 UTC

Well, this is the kind of news you don't hear every day: Intel and AMD are teaming up to develop a processor that combines an Intel CPU with an AMD GPU. From Intel's press release:

The new product, which will be part of our 8th Gen Intel Core family, brings together our high-performing Intel Core H-series processor, second generation High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2) and a custom-to-Intel third-party discrete graphics chip from AMD's Radeon Technologies Group* - all in a single processor package.

It’s a prime example of hardware and software innovations intersecting to create something amazing that fills a unique market gap. Helping to deliver on our vision for this new class of product, we worked with the team at AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group. In close collaboration, we designed a new semi-custom graphics chip, which means this is also a great example of how we can compete and work together, ultimately delivering innovation that is good for consumers.

This is the first partnership between these two sworn rivals in several decades, and that alone makes it quite notable. I didn't really know whether to put this in the Intel or AMD category, but I chose Intel because it appears above AMD in our list (which isn't alphabetical because reasons).

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RE[4]: Not April Fool's?
by tylerdurden on Wed 8th Nov 2017 17:59 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Not April Fool's?"
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Intel and NVidia have a weird relationship. I'd figure NV would be more pissed when intel basically turned the socket for their processors into a monopoly and stopped giving licenses for 3rd party chipset when the i-series was introduced. That almost sent nvidia under.

Also remember a lot of x86 vendors back in the 80s/90s were 2nd sources. I.e. they were simply fabbing intel designs, and paying them a royalty, since some of the early contracts with large PC vendors, IBM and Compaq (and a few others) kind of specified intel had to allow 2nd sourcing, since they lack the capacity to meet the possible demand at that time.

I think only a few 3rd parties have been able to license the x86 and make their own designs. AMD, obviously, and Via. I think IBM had a temporary license to do their own 386/486 ISA implementations.

I wish the industry would have settled around an open ISA instead. Copyrighted instruction sets suck.

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