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Daniel ~ 7th June, 2007 09:19 PM

Intel Rumoured to Release First Graphics Chip in Years in Early 2008
Written by Daniel
Thursday, 07 June 2007
Intel May Enter Graphics Chip Market in Several Quarters.
Intel Rumoured to Release First Graphics Chip in Years in Early 2008
by Anton Shilov
X-bit Labs
[ 06/07/2007 | 06:37 AM ]
The world’s biggest maker of x86 central processing units and supporting chipsets has been eyeing the market of standalone graphics processors for some time and, according to rumours spread at Computex Taipei 2007 trade show, will finally enter it a little sooner than expected....

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bonesaw 7th June, 2007 09:31 PM

what does this mean? can you use a conroe as a graphics gpu?

Gizmo 7th June, 2007 10:18 PM


Intel has been the king of integrated graphics chipsets for a while now, but try to buy an Intel graphics card.

You can't.

What this means is that Intel is going to start making GPUs.

tiamat63 8th June, 2007 01:00 AM

I personally think its great, this can only be good for prices and competition.... likewise if something as such would extend to the CPU market.

I would love to have seen Intel buy the 3DFX trademark and some patents from the belly of Nvidia and resurrect them under the steam of the big I. I miss my Banshee 9850 days...

cloasters 8th June, 2007 01:12 AM

OMG, this just may be the death knell for AMD. AMD dudes, if you have something of value hidden up your sleeves, make it work soonest. Please.

Favu 8th June, 2007 01:14 AM

I think this is Intel trying to compete with AMD/ATI merger. I wonder however, how easy it will be for Intel to create a competitive graphics chipset out of nothing. Unlike ATI and nVidia which have been doing this for decades - how much experience to the Intel techies have?

keithwalton 8th June, 2007 01:42 AM

Am i really that old in remembering the Intel i740 ? Intel have made discrete graphics cards in the past and they sucked badly! hence why they then went the integrated route where they sucked a little less but not much!

AMD have only brought this on themselves really, buying Ati it would seem got alot of people worried that given the chance amd would actually be the dominent producer in the pc market.

However there opposition are not going to give them chance, infact they've been going in for the kill on all fronts at once.
Intel are dominating them in performance front on the cpu's and are looking set to put the squeeze on amd so hard that its hardly profitable to continue making chips and seriously cripple there ability to fund new developments.
Nvidia are doing the same on the GPU front, nvidia also have the performance crown, they have large profit margins themselves whilst amd's are 'tight' like intel they have a product deep in development waiting to counter anything AMD can come up with performance wise.

With upcoming price cuts on the 8800 line of GPU's they are going to make AMD's gpu wing also strugle to turn a profit.

Here comes the fun bit, previously intel and nvidia havent been the best of buddies, but the amd/ati merger has made them allies as they have a common enemy!

Recently there has been a rather large exchange of technology licenses between the two. nvidia have been helping intel make this new gpu 'codenamed larabee' its aimed at the performance / mainstream sector (8400-8600) which is an area nvidia are not concerned about and would rather focus there efforts on the high end parts.
nvidia are also now allowing sli on intel chipsets, the X38 is already rumoured to have sli support since its a dual 16x pci-e architecture.

Intel in return have let nvidia have a license to make dual socket workstation boards for intel chips (this is a big deal currently its an intel monopoly, they dont let anyone else make chipsets for these).

It certainly is a sign of the times to see nvidia on there website praising intel for there help and expertiese!
Well done amd for uniting your enemies against you! ... Nvidia working 'hand in hand' with intel!

Daniel ~ 8th June, 2007 02:19 AM

Thank you for sharing your insights Keith. Perhaps you'd consider writing for our front page. Observations such as the the one above would be most welcome.

tiamat63 8th June, 2007 09:24 PM

I hardly believe this has united the two...

Intel still paid for those licenses; it wasnt gifted too them.
You have to realize Intel will now be after Nvidia's market share - seeing as how there not the same company you think thats gonna make them happy?

A strategic partnership yes, but If Nv stands to lose margins dont expect them to not fire back some how.

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