Intel returns to discrete GPU development, hires AMD's Raja Koduri

Intel returns to discrete GPU development, hires AMD's Raja Koduri

For all its silicon expertise and billions of dollars invested in research, Intel has never been a leader in graphics, though the company is now hoping to correct that situation by snapping up AMD's graphics chief.

Intel has published a biography of Raja Koduri, detailing his new position (s) at its facilities. Basically, AMD's graphics boss is becoming Intel's graphics boss. As a chief architect and general manager, Intel is tasking Raja with significantly expanding their GPU business, particularly as the company re-enters the discrete GPU field.

Perhaps the most exciting aspect of Intel's announcement today is the mention that the company intends to compete with "high-end discrete graphics solutions", which means we could soon be seeing Intel graphics cards trying to lure us away from the traditional Radeon and GeForce options from AMD and Nvidia.

In the memo sent out to AMD "family" colleagues Koduri wrote that he had spent quality time with his (real) family and taken time to reflect before coming to "the extremely hard conclusion that it is time for me to leave RTG and AMD". It was also speculated that Intel would simply buy the entire Radeon Technologies Group from AMD.

On Monday, Intel announced that it had penned a deal with AMD to have the latter provide a discrete GPU to be integrated onto a future Intel SoC.

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According to AMD, its GPU will snap into an eighth-generation Intel processor that utilises HBM2 memory, a first for a mobile PC, and Intel's EMIB interconnect.

Intel is reportedly aiming to build several graphics products. Intel said it will unify and expand differentiated intellectual property across computing, graphics, media, imaging and machine intelligence capabilities for the client and data center segments, artificial intelligence, and emerging opportunities like edge computing. On an additional note, Intel says that Koduri will aggressively expand their computing and graphics capabilities.

Koduri, 49, has more than 25 years of experience in visual computing, game consoles, and accelerated computing. 'I am incredibly excited to join the Intel team and have the opportunity to drive a unified architecture vision across its world-leading IP portfolio that helps accelerate the data revolution.

Intel hired a leading executive from rival AMD on Wednesday and established a new group within the company to develop "integrated graphics for the PC market with high-end discrete graphics solutions for a broad range of computing segments".

Koduri will officially start in his new role at Intel in early December.

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