Intel quietly removed its weird combo chips with AMD graphics


Intel’s bizarre collaboration between Kaby Lake-G and AMD chips is being halted, with the combined processor and Radeon GPU product not catching the attention of laptop makers. Announced at the end of 2017, Kaby Lake-G was an unexpected surprise: an 8th generation Intel Core processor, paired with custom AMD Radeon graphics cards, all in a single chip.

While the CPU and GPU were separate dies, they were connected to what Intel called an integrated multi-die interconnect bridge. In fact, a special PCIe link, it was a single package containing the processor, graphics, and graphics memory.

The result, according to Intel and AMD at the time, would be performance and size. The new EMIB interconnect could transfer data between components faster than the traditional architecture, it was suggested, and since it was integrated into the substrate, it would also make the whole assembly thinner. That, the two companies promised, would pave the way for thin, light laptops that still included discrete graphics.

Unfortunately for Kaby Lake-G, however, the manufacturers didn’t seem so enthusiastic. A few laptops were released with the product, but Intel then cast its future in limbo with its own roadmap for graphics chips. Earlier this year, it unveiled Intel Xe, a new graphics architecture that will cover everything from ultraportables to desktop and enterprise markets.

Now, as you might expect, Kaby Lake-G has received his marching orders [pdf link]. The current eight products – which include Core i5 or Core i7 processors – received a final order date of January 31, 2020, with final shipments before July 31 of the same year.

“Intel is refocusing its product portfolio,” the company told Tom’s Hardware in a statement. “Our 10th Generation Intel Core processors with Iris Plus graphics are built on the new Gen11 graphics architecture which has almost doubled graphics performance. We have more in store for our graphics engine which will bring further improvements to PCs in the future. ”

Even Intel itself was ultimately lackluster about the tie-up with AMD. For a while, the company used Kaby Lake-G in its NUC line, but even then it was a short-lived offer.

For now, the focus is on Intel’s Xe graphics, which little is currently known about. Intended to be a more powerful option to satisfy the power demands of gamers, they will arrive with the Intel Graphics Command Center, a tool with which enthusiasts can tinker with GPU settings to balance things like performance and power consumption. energy.


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