Intel says it will release its first discrete GPU in 2020
Intel wants to compete with AMD and NVIDIA for a slice of the PC gaming market. The chipmaker has officially confirmed in a tweet that its first discrete GPU will land in 2020, just a short two years away.
However, what’s interesting is that these discrete graphics products won’t just be aimed at the enterprise segment and may target PC gamers as well.
While Intel didn’t mention anything about gaming in its tweet Tuesday morning, analyst Ryan Shrout confirmed via MarketWatch that Navin Shenoy, Intel’s executive vice president and general manager of the data center group, had told analysts at a private investor event that the new discrete GPUs would address both data center and consumer applications, including gaming.
In addition, Intel told Tom’s Hardware over email that discrete graphics solutions would be offered for both the data center and client markets, which points to graphics cards for desktop PCs.
Intel’s announcement earlier this year that it would be making another play for the discrete graphics card market came as a surprise, and it will have to make an impressive debut if it is to compete alongside AMD and NVIDIA.
The two have been the two main discrete GPU manufacturers for the past two decades, whereas Intel has two failed attempts at a discrete gaming GPU on its record sheet. More recently, its Larrabee graphics chip was supposed to retail in 2010, but that never happened.
That said, Intel has acquired plenty of talent for its latest effort, most notably AMD’s graphics head Raja Koduri. Furthermore, Jim Keller recently joined Intel to lead its silicon engineering group, and Chris Hook, who has extensive marketing experience for discrete GPUs, is also on board.
Source: Intel (Twitter)