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Intel has formed a new graphics team with Raja Koduri leading

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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.

Pictured - Xe-HPG (DG2), credit - Raja Koduri, Intel.

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.

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sub 23 Jun, 2021
They managed to attract other world class engineers as well a while ago already like Tom Forsyth.
VERY promising.
CatKiller 23 Jun, 2021
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QuoteIntel have open source drivers too for their graphics so that will be great.
And critically they manage to get support lined up well in advance of the launch of their hardware, which AMD have historically struggled with.
GBee 23 Jun, 2021
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I'm going to repeat my speculation that they will start releasing some desktop processors without a GPU so that they can compete on core count with AMD without increasing the package size. Their discrete GPUs will then be bundled with those CPUs to system integrators.
M@GOid 23 Jun, 2021
Intel have a uphill battle in the driver front. Most game developers simply don't debug their games on Intel GPUs, so lots of games are simply broken. It would take a lot of money spent the Nvidia way, to convince studios to support one more vendor on the costly debug stage. If with only 2 vendors we still get lots of broken games, that need day-one drivers to work, things will be even uglier on the Intel side.

Saja will have a uncomfortable talk with the money people inside Intel, to convince them on game sponsorships, after all the money being spent on the new discrete GPUs.


Last edited by M@GOid on 23 June 2021 at 5:06 pm UTC
Comandante Ñoñardo 23 Jun, 2021
Quoting: GBeeI'm going to repeat my speculation that they will start releasing some desktop processors without a GPU so that they can compete on core count with AMD without increasing the package size. Their discrete GPUs will then be bundled with those CPUs to system integrators.

They did. Since the generation 9, processors of the "F" line comes without iGPU...
GBee 20 Jul, 2021
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Quoting: Comandante Ñoñardo
Quoting: GBeeI'm going to repeat my speculation that they will start releasing some desktop processors without a GPU so that they can compete on core count with AMD without increasing the package size. Their discrete GPUs will then be bundled with those CPUs to system integrators.

They did. Since the generation 9, processors of the "F" line comes without iGPU...

It was my understanding that the F series have the GPU it just failed qualification testing so is disabled. Therefore it still takes up space on the die.
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