Intel Labs presented a research paper at ISSCC last week that described a new power management technique using Intel Gen 9 integrated graphics as an example.
And then Japanese website PC Watch picked up the story, published some slides from the paper, and described what Intel was working on as a “discrete GPU prototype.”
While PC Watch noted that this “discrete GPU” wasn’t going to end up in a real product anytime soon, a number of websites (including Liliputing), misinterpreted that report and published stories about Intel’s first discrete graphics technology in years, even though that’s not what Intel’s paper was about.
I’ve updated our previous article, but since some of you may have missed the update, I figured it was worth pointing out just how wrong the original headline and article were.
The good news is that Intel has released a statement confirming that the company does “intend to compete in graphics products in the future.”
That’s not really a surprising statement, since the company did hire former AMD graphics chief Raja Koduri to head a new Core and Visual Computing Group at Intel.
But the company says the research paper in question is not related to that effort. It’s not even clear if the circuit techniques outlined in the paper will actually make their way into future products from the company.
Anyway, don’t get your hopes up on the discrete thing either, at least not at first.
The entry point for their so called discrete effort is a product like the one they have today with AMD’s Vega so same package, not true discrete. They got EMIB, their budget advanced packaging solution and such a product is the easiest way to compete with the other GPU makers.
To go proper discrete, they would need to be close enough to the competition and that’s much harder and might take some extra years, if they ever do it.
So now we know why the stock price of AMD and nVidia were unaffected — investors were discerning enough (because they have to be when it comes to their own $$$) to know when something is fake news.
…unless a company mentions “blockchain” anywhere, ever. Then it’s a madhouse.
If Intel/Apple/Tesla released a cryptocurrency… that thing would skyrocket in value even if it did nothing.
Hell, I’d put several thousand in it immediately just to profit from all the hype !
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