Intel and AMD partner on graphics and CPU combo to challenge Nvidia

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Longtime rivals Intel and AMD said they are pairing up to help enthusiast laptops become thinner, lighter and "deliver a premium experience" with a new chip that includes technology from both companies.

The goal, Intel explains, is to deliver the power that discrete graphics offer, but in a thinner package. This small intelligent bridge allows information to be passed in extremely close proximity while also eliminating various manufacturing and design complexities. Currently, most enthusiast mobile PCs have Intel Core H-series processors plus higher-powered discrete graphics, resulting in systems that average 26 mm in height.

Now Intel, which recently took aim at Nvidia with its Nervana AI chip, wants in on the action and has teamed with AMD to launch the new 8th-gen Core H-series chip with integrated AMD Radeon graphics. This will be the first use of EMIB, and another technology that covers the chips, with this other being a power sharing framework.

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Scott Herkelman, vice president and general manager of AMD's Radeon Technologies Group, said the collaboration with Intel expands the installed base for AMD Radeon GPUs and brings to market a differentiated solution for high-performance graphics.

Intel worked closely with AMD's Radeon Technologies Group to design the semi-custom graphics chip being used.

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It remains to be seen if this new addition to Intel's 8th gen Core family will really be powerful enough to enable triple A gaming and immersive VR experiences, as the chip maker promises it.

To people who have been following AMD and Intel for a while, this seemed as unlikely as a cold day in Hell, but the real enemy here is Nvidia, a company which already makes quite a great GPU that fits in really tiny notebooks that pack a lot of GPU performance.

AMD has pressed Nvidia on its GPU business lately, introducing products created to fit similar functions, and this new Intel product which eliminates the requirement for a beefy standalone graphics card will give it some additional space to grow, while making it possible for PC makers to build designs that don't require the space and heat sink requirements of a full-fledged graphics card.

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