Spectre and meltdown have dominated the news in the past week and even though this might drag on for a while with the latest lawsuit against AMD and the boot problems of Haswell processors there are some very interesting things that simply can’t be ignored when talking about Intel.
First it was a rumor that seems unlikely, then it became more and more a fact and now Intel announced their new Core G-Series processors sporting, besides a Kaby Lake CPU portion, custom RX Vega M graphics from AMD. These will also be the first chips using Intels EMIB technology.
The best part: The RX Vega chip will be equipped with 4 GB HBM2, removing one of the biggest bottlenecks of integrated graphics in the past and bringing out the real performance of the RX Vega chip. We’ll have to wait for first benchmarks to emerge but it’s very likely that this package will end up somewhere high up the ranks of integrated graphics.
But it looks like Intel is not planning to rely on their rival for long. After they formed the new Core and Visual Computing Group, with AMDs former head of the Radeon Technology Group Raja Koduri being in charge, rumors have it that Intel is planning to produce dedicated graphic chips no later than with their 13th generation “Juniper sound” graphics architecture and take on AMD and NVidia in this segment as well as having their own potent graphics to use for G-series processors.
But even though this sounds very interesting we’ll most likely have to wait for at least a couple more years. Currently we’re looking at the 9th generation (9.5 if you count the upgrade of video encoding) with Canon Lake bringing in the 10th. That would make 2020 a candidate to hear first details and performance leaks of the new architecture.