Intel will be releasing its first discrete GPU in 2020

Doris Richards
June 13, 2018

As such, we can expect Intel to get down and dirty with a proper performance graphics card in the next couple of years.

However, rumors of Intel entering the discrete GPU market have been swirling for some time now.

Intel took to its Twitter to tease that its "first discrete GPU coming in 2020" with a picture of Raja Koduri, who left Radeon Technologies Group past year and joined Intel on their adventures into the GPU world.

Discrete GPUs are standalone components from the CPU that enable more powerful graphics than the integrated GPUs Intel now offers.

Koduri now serves as Intel's chief architect and SVP of the newly created Core and Visual Computing Group. At the time, Intel said Koduri would help expand its place in the market with "high-end discrete graphics solutions for a broad range of computing segments".

Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich, has made the bold prediction to analysts that it will have discrete graphics chips available in 2020. Rival Nvidia has been watching its business soar on the company's GPUs being sold to more data centers. This means the GPU is on the same chip as the processor, enabling users to operate their PCs, and even play games, without the need for a separate graphics card. Intel of course is in the midst of watching sometimes-ally and sometimes-rival NVIDIA grow at a almost absurd pace thanks to the machine learning boom, so Intel's third shot at dGPUs is ultimately an effort to establish themselves in a market for accelerators that is no longer niche but is increasingly splitting off customers who previously would have relied entirely on Intel CPUs.

Intel confirmed that its first discrete GPU will be arriving in 2020 via Twitter. In 1998 it unveiled the Intel740, or i740, in a high-profile launch. I reported on that in July 2017, where NVIDIA would eventually shift away from making monolithic GPUs and instead use multiple GPU modules, which is far easier on development and would pave the way for a world of truly next-gen cards.

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