Something to anticipate: Intel’s first-generation Arc Alchemist graphics cards might not have actually been a roaring success, however the business hasn’t provided up the ghost on its discrete GPU dreams, obviously. According to the current reports, Intel is going on with its strategies to release its next-generation graphics cards in the coming years to contend versus Nvidia and AMD. The reports likewise expose the possible launch timeframes and procedure nodes for Intel’s upcoming GPU lineups.
Intel has actually supposedly selected the world’s greatest semiconductor foundry, TSMC, to make its next-generation Battlemage and Celestial GPUs. While the previous is set to launch in the 2nd half of 2024, the latter is anticipated to debut in 2026.
According to market sources pointed out by Taiwan’s Commercial Times, the Battlemage GPU will utilize the Xe2 architecture and be made utilizing TSMC’s 4nm procedure node, while the Celestial GPU will utilize the Xe3 architecture and be made utilizing the business’s N3X (3nm) procedure.
If the reported timeline is anything to pass, it will take more than a year for the Arc Alchemist follower to be commercially readily available, indicating they will likely need to take on Nvidia and AMD’s next-gen GPU lineups instead of handling the RTX 40-series and Radeon 7000-series items that are presently readily available in the market.
Intel supposedly anticipates strong need for GPUs amongst players and imaginative specialists, in addition to from companies for AI accelerators and other graphics-intensive jobs. The business thinks that the handle TSMC will assist it get a share of the growing GPU pie in the coming years, however whether that occurs stays to be seen.
On The Other Hand, Intel has actually supposedly canceled its Ponte Vecchio graphics chips and the second-gen Rialto Bridge information center Max GPUs to much better focus its resources on the advancement of the brand-new HPC-focused Falcon Shores XPUs. These were anticipated to show up as a CPU+GPU architecture in 2024, however Intel just recently verified that they will debut in a GPU-only avatar in 2025.
The lukewarm action to the Alchemist lineup, followed by the current departure of Raja Koduri, the head of Intel’s Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics department, opened the floodgates for wild speculation about the fate of the business’s discrete graphics department, so it’s heartening to understand that its GPU strategies are still on course, regardless of consistent reports to the contrary.