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[3]: Not April Fool's?
by CaptainN- on Tue 7th Nov 2017 14:56 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Not April Fool's?"
CaptainN-
Member since:
2005-07-07

So basically, they are cross licensing their GPU in the same way they cross license x64 - I suppose that's reasonable. I'm not sure it demonstrates strong strategic thinking though. It's very tactical.

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RE[4]: Not April Fool's?
by tylerdurden on Wed 8th Nov 2017 03:58 in reply to "RE[3]: Not April Fool's?"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

They're not croslicensing, AMD still makes the GPU. They're tecnically integrating.

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RE[5]: Not April Fool's?
by Flatland_Spider on Thu 9th Nov 2017 14:51 in reply to "RE[4]: Not April Fool's?"
Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

You're not wrong; this is integration.

However, I don't think this chip exists without the graphics licensing agreement AMD and Intel signed earlier this year. While it's mainly a shield against patent infringement, it could be more. We'll have to wait and see.

https://wccftech.com/intel-strikes-deal-amd-graphics-license/

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