Intel hosted its Architecture Day 2018 and the highlight of the day was arguably the talk of its upcoming discrete graphics cards that will compete with Nvidia GeForce and AMD Radeon.
While the graphics cards themselves are codenamed Arctic Sound, Intel’s dedicated GPU architecture is now dubbed ‘Xe’, in the same manner that Nvidia’s GeForce RTX architecture is known as Turing.
Intel’s first dedicated graphics cards will be coming to market in 2020 and Intel’s plan is to provide options for the entire market. This would include datacenter/AI usage, integrated graphics and, yes, dedicated gaming graphics cards for the enthusiast, mid-range and entry-level GPU markets.
There will be two distinct versions of the architecture, one optimised for clients and a second optimised for datacentres.
Details on the Intel GPUs are still scarce but Intel’s Raja Koduri did reiterate that Intel’s first graphics cards will utilise 10nm technology. They'll use what’s known as single stack software, which means a single set of APIs that will handle Intel CPUs, GPUs and AI.
It remains to be seen whether Intel can hope to go toe-to-toe with Nvidia and AMD with its first stab at discrete GPUs but it's certainly going to be enough to cause some ripples in the graphics card market.