It seems Intel are going to be betting big on their upcoming standalone graphics cards powered by the new Intel Xe architecture with the formation of a new dedicated team.
Announced yesterday, amongst other typical organizational changes with people moving around and other groups forming, the one that caught our eye is the new "Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics Group". This will be lead by Raja Koduri, who is a huge name in graphics having worked for S3, AMD, Apple, and AMD again where Koduri lead the Radeon Technology Group through the Polaris, Vega and Navi architectures.
Raja Koduri, a well-known innovator in GPU computing technology, will lead the Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics Group, a newly formed business unit that will increase the company’s focus in the key growth areas of high performance computing and graphics. AXG is chartered with delivering HPC and graphics solutions for integrated and discrete segments across client, enterprise and data center. Koduri previously served as Intel’s general manager of Architecture, Graphics and Software.
For Intel to form an entire team dedicated to high-performance computing and graphics, it's clear that Intel's dedicated graphics chips are here to stay - we hope anyway. An exciting time, as it will finally break the two-team hold on the market we've seen from AMD and NVIDIA. Competition is essential and they both could do with a little more to kick up the dust and perhaps drive down some prices with more eventually available.
Intel have open source drivers too for their graphics so that will be great.