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).
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.