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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Another really interesting point:
by przemo_li on Mon 6th Nov 2017 16:09 UTC
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Will Intel choose proprietary AMD drivers or FLOSS drivers?
(Talking about Linux here)

FLOSS drivers general have better performance for gaming, Vulkan, and video.

If that's what Intel will choose, some additional development resources will be dedicated for improving AMD drivers?

Intel drivers cover a bit more OpenGL (though both are 4.5 compliant), a bit less Vulkan, way more OpenCL.
It will be interesting to see how would Intel deal with those differences inside single generation.

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tidux Member since:

For Linux, FOSS drivers ARE the official drivers for the kernel (amdgpu.ko, thus also the Wayland DRM driver) and X11 (xf86-video-amdgpu). It's the OpenGL, OpenCL, and Vulkan libraries that are separate at the moment.

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przemo_li Member since:


AMD have opensource Linux kernel driver and both proprietary and floss userspace graphic drivers.

However proprietary driver currently works with downstream version of kernel driver, while floss one can happily work with vanilia kernel driver and general is developed in tandem with upstream kernel efforts.

So Intel could possibly choose AMD's pro driver, and would work on downstream kernel driver, and that would not benefit floss driver in short term.

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