Intel plans to enter the discrete GPU arena with NVIDIA and AMD in 2020

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The rumor mill has been abuzz in recent months over potential plans for Intel to enter the discrete graphics market, but we now have a more concrete window for when to expect the chip maker's first product. According to a report from MarketWatch, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich stated during a recent analyst event that the firm is targeting 2020 for the release of its discrete graphics chips.

What's more, Intel is not only going after the gaming market: it's setting its sights on AI and machine learning as well. From MarketWatch:

Intel did not go into detail about what performance level or target market this first discrete GPU solution might address, but Intel's executive vice president of the data center group, Navin Shenoy, confirmed that the company's strategy will include solutions for data center segments (think AI, machine learning) along with client (think gaming, professional development).

Intel has been telegraphing its intentions for some time. In November, the company announced Raja Koduri, who previously headed up AMD's Radeon Technologies Group, would join its team as vice president of its new 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."

Koduri brings 25 years of experience in visual and accelerated computing, and he most recently helped bring AMD's Vega graphics chips to market. The executive also spent time at Apple, where he was director of the company's graphics architecture.

Intel already has some experience developing graphics solutions through the integrated options on its Core chips. However, with Koduri's experience guiding the ship, Intel's entry in the discrete graphics space as a third player could bring some much-needed competition to a market currently dominated by NVIDIA and AMD.

Updated June 12, 2018: Intel has also confirmed in a tweet that its first discrete GPU will land in 2020.

Dan Thorp-Lancaster is the former Editor-in-Chief of Windows Central. He began working with Windows Central, Android Central, and iMore as a news writer in 2014 and is obsessed with tech of all sorts. You can follow Dan on Twitter @DthorpL and Instagram @heyitsdtl

  • hey Larrabee... is that you ??? intel and MSFT are so old school and boring...Here comes Apple with the real innovation...
  • Apple with Real Innovation? 😶. What have they innovated on exactly?
    Most people don't realise there were already small touch screen devices before the iphone. Some just didn't have the telephony stack. The app argument there is non existent as the original iphone launched with no app store, let alone the ability to copy and paste.
  • 2020 is going to be a monumental year for tech.
  • x86 and Larrabee are dead ends. We need something fresh on the GPU side and high performance ARM v8 cores on the CPU side and then put Windows 10 on ARM on it and call it a day!
  • Good, prices will come down!
  • Knowing Intel they will probably go up more.
  • sort's arrival will just give us more options....but cant say the same about prices....
    its amd's job to keep prices in check.....
  • AMD has beaten Intel in CPU department... Now Intel is going to GPU to compensate for their loss!