What you need to know
- Intel has discontinued its Kaby Lake-G series processors.
- The move kills the firm's unlikely partnership with AMD on chips that used Radeon graphics.
- Intel informed PC makers that January 31, 2020, will mark the last day they can submit orders for chips.
Intel's short-lived collaboration with AMD has come to a halt. Intel revealed this week that it is discontinuing its Kaby Lake-G series processors, which saw the company's Core processors mixed with discrete AMD Radeon RX Vega M graphics.
In an alert to PC manufacturers, Intel announced the move, noting that January 31, 2020, will mark the final date they can place orders for chips. Shipments will end on July 31, 2020.
"Market demand for the products listed in the "Products Affected/Intel Ordering Codes" table below have shifted to other Intel products. The products identified in this notification will be discontinued and unavailable for additional orders after the "Last Product Discontinuance Order Date" (see "Key Milestones" above)."
The collaboration, which Intel and AMD first announced in 2017, led to the launch of a processor and GPU package by Intel in early 2018. Intel initially launched its own NUC PC based on the combined platform, but the chips didn't gain much traction in the market.
Intel and AMD teaming up seemed like an odd pairing at first, but it was largely read to be an attempt to counter NVIDIA's dominance of the graphics market. Since then, Intel has announced its intention to break into GPU market with its own mobile solutions and GPU offerings for desktops and servers. The company is expected to enter the discrete GPU market in 2020, meaning it likely doesn't make sense to collaborate further with AMD.