Intel has some exciting products in the pipeline, including its first modern discrete GPU tentatively scheduled to release in 2020, and 10-nanometer processors (Cannon Lake) that will (finally) ship in volume at the end of 2019 (barring another delay, of course). These and other technologies might be discussed at an upcoming technology event.
Details are sparse, but according to Anandtech, Intel is inviting “only a few press” to an Architecture Summit being held in a few weeks. It’s not known exactly what Intel plans to talk about at the event, only that it will be “an exclusively small affair” with Intel discussing some of its future plans. It will also consist of “detailed presentations.”
Hopefully those presentations will include Intel’s work in the discrete graphics space. The company hired AMD’s former graphics boss, Raja Koduri, to lead its efforts in the space after he spearheaded the launch of Vega. Interestingly enough, Intel has gone on to hire a few other former AMD employees for its own graphics division.
“We have exciting plans to aggressively expand our computing and graphics capabilities and build on our very strong and broad differentiated IP foundation,” said Dr. Murthy Renduchintala, Intel’s chief engineering officer in November 2017. “With Raja at the helm of our Core and Visual Computing Group, we will add to our portfolio of unmatched capabilities, advance our strategy to lead in computing and graphics, and ultimately be the driving force of the data revolution.”
Intel previously said it is planning to release its first modern discrete graphics card in 2020, but stopped short of offering up any other details. It’s not clear if that product will be aimed at gamers or graphics professionals—perhaps Intel will shed some light at its upcoming event.
It will also be interesting to see if Intel discusses Cannon Lake. Intel’s transition to 10nm has been challenging to say the least, with numerous delays pushing back volume shipments. In the meantime, Intel bought itself some time by releasing its first mainstream 8-core/16-thread desktop processor, the Core i9-9900K. It’s a burly processor for sure, though also comparatively expensive to AMD’s own 8-core product stack.
Everything is on the table, basically, though we have no idea if Intel will make attendees sign a non disclosure agreement (NDA). We’re crossing our fingers that it won’t.