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Intel reveals plans for a prototype 14nm discrete GPU

By Koh Wanzi - on 21 Feb 2018, 10:55am

Intel reveals plans for a prototype 14nm discrete GPU

Intel unveiled plans for its first discrete GPU at the IEEE International Solid State Circuits Conference last week. The prototype chip would be built on Intel’s 14nm process and feature 1.5 billion transistors and modest clock speeds, which suggests a focus on efficiency over raw power.

According to Notebook Check, the clock speeds range between 50MHz and 400MHz, so it’s definitely nowhere close to competing with cards from AMD or NVIDIA just yet. However, with the launch of AMD’s Raven Ridge APUs and the upcoming Kaby Lake G processors, Intel may be targeting the entry-level gaming market with slightly better performance than the on-chip Vega graphics provide.

Image Source: PC Watch

The prototype chip is still in its early stages, but slides released by PC Watch, a Japanese tech site, shows two main chips in the GPU. One contains the execution units (EUs) and a system agent, while the other contains a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) that connects to the host PC via a PCIe interface.

Image Source: PC Watch

It uses Intel’s 9th-generation graphics architecture (not the same as the 9th-generation Ice Lake chips), which is already used in its integrated graphics offerings like the Intel HD Graphics 510 and Intel Iris Pro Graphics P580.

According to the slides, Intel also wants to enable the dynamic use of GPU resources, where frequency, voltage control, and power gating can be regulated on-the-fly. 

Image Source: PC Watch

That said, this is still a prototype design, so any of these specifications could end up changing. 

Raja Koduri left his job as the head of AMD’s Radeon Technologies Group (RTG) to join Intel in December to oversee its GPU business, including discrete GPUs. While it’s probably too early for Koduri to have had a big influence on the GPU design, these early plans are another sign that Intel is committed to expanding its footprint in the graphics market.

Source: PC Watch via Notebook Check

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