Rivals AMD, Intel partner to take on Nvidia

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Arch rivals AMD and Intel have joined forces to create a laptop chip that mixes their expertise in processors and graphics to enable ultraportables to have gaming power.

Specifically, the new processor integrates a "semi-custom" AMD graphics chip and the second generation of Intel's "High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2)", which is comparable to GDDR 5 in a traditional laptop.

"Our collaboration with Intel expands the installed base for AMD Radeon GPUs and brings to market a differentiated solution for high-performance graphics", AMD vice president Scott Herkelman said in a statement. Nevertheless, Intel did pointed out that the new processor is combination of Intel Core H-series CPU together with a semi-custom AMD Radeon GPU.

The silicon will additionally feature a power sharing framework that is tailor-made to connect the processor, discrete graphics chip and dedicated graphics memory. Other names are for informational purposes only and may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Computer chip makers Intel Corp. and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. have been intense rivals ever since they were each founded in the late 1960s in the earliest days of Silicon Valley, but now the two companies are teaming up to take on a much younger threat: Nvidia Corp.

Intel and AMD are thinking big there, with an eye toward triple-A gaming and content creation.

We can expect notebooks powered by this Intel and AMD-developed chip to be released in the coming months. We have some HUGE news for you in the computing world and it is sure to rock long-standing factions that have stood behind Intel and AMD processors to the very "Core". At the outset, AMD is treating the Radeon core as a single-, semi-custom design similar to the custom graphics it supplies for game consoles like the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4.

Intel and AMD will collaborate to develop a chip powering the thin and lightweight laptops, which are fit for playing complex video-games. This small intelligent bridge allows information to be passed in extremely close proximity while also eliminating various manufacturing and design complexities.

In December 2016, word began circulating that Intel would be using AMD's graphics technology in the future CPUs to replace its own integrated graphics. The latter has become more of a formidable competitor to Intel thanks in part to its success on the graphics side of the semiconductor market. This partnership gets more AMD GPUs out there, although it remains to be seen how well AMD's custom-made effort will stack up to the advancements NVIDIA has made in mobile gaming.

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