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

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: Not April Fool's?
by Flatland_Spider on Mon 6th Nov 2017 22:48 UTC in reply to "Not April Fool's?"
Flatland_Spider
Member since:
2006-09-01

Intel's market position is stagnating. They haven't had any substantial performance updates to their flagship chips in years, and the PC market is flat. They tried getting in on tablet/cellphone market, but that fell flat. (Yeah, they were worse then the notoriously awful ARM manufacturers.)

They need to do something to keep advancing, and they need to keep their customers. In this case, they probably needed to appease Apple, and Apple's lust for high DPI displays. This wouldn't be the first time Intel spun some custom silicon for them and offered it to the general public.

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RE[2]: Not April Fool's?
by tylerdurden on Tue 7th Nov 2017 02:46 in reply to "RE: Not April Fool's?"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

you do realize Intel makes a hell of a lot more than desktop processors, right?

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RE[3]: Not April Fool's?
by The123king on Tue 7th Nov 2017 11:55 in reply to "RE[2]: Not April Fool's?"
The123king Member since:
2009-05-28

You do realise Microsoft makes a hell of a lot more than Office and Windows, right?

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RE[3]: Not April Fool's?
by Flatland_Spider on Thu 9th Nov 2017 15:07 in reply to "RE[2]: Not April Fool's?"
Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

Yes, but that is the straw that stirs the drink.

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