Intel May Enter Graphics Chip Market in Several Quarters

The world's biggest maker of x86 central processing units and supporting chipsets has been eyeing the market of standalone graphics processors for some time and, according to rumours spread at Computex Taipei 2007 trade show, will finally enter it a little sooner than expected.

Several makers of graphics cards have already been contacted by Intel in regards of roll-out the company's first discrete graphics solutions in years. DigiTimes web-site reports that if current plans go smoothly, the launch of the new products is projected to be "around early in the second quarter of 2008". Not everything is yet clear with Intel's product roadmap: so far the company has not provided its potential partners specifications of the forthcoming graphics processing units (GPUs). It is expected though that the company will "deliver a more complete roadmap and specifications" in the Q4 2007.

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So that means a system with an Intel processor, Intel chipset, and Intel GPU.

I can predict the future, significant discounts for OEMs that use the "Intel tri-fecta."

ATI and NVIDIA respond by lowering the prices on their GPUs.

Competition is good for consumers. It's a lot easier on my wallet.

Yes, Intel should join the standalone GPU market.

(Edit: My "reply" button doesn't work )

This can't be a bad thing really, it'll make sure nvidia and daamit don't drop their guard or (slightly ironically) just sit back like Intel themselves did with Netburst.

Isn't.... Intel.. already in the graphics chip market? What are all of these Intel based GMA chipsets?

Oh the title is misleading... it should say "Stand Alone Graphics Card Market"

phiberoptik said,
Isn't.... Intel.. already in the graphics chip market? What are all of these Intel based GMA chipsets?
Oh the title is misleading... it should say "Stand Alone Graphics Card Market"

I agree! Completely misleading.

this is from a december 2006 news on graphic chipsets:
Market leader Intel's share remained at 40 per cent, but Nvidia, VIA and SiS all recorded rises, reaching 22 per cent, ten per cent and five per cent, respectively. Nvidia's market share rose two percentage points.

You can see that Inter is already an overall LEADER in graphic chipset business, based on volume of integrated chipsets sold

Intel entering STANDALONE graphics market will be increadibily interesting. I wonder how it will compete against AMD/ATi and Nvidia.

Yea, not everyone cares about a powerful video card. Some people even purposely reject powerful video cards, such as employers.

WICKO said,
Why? its useful for people who dont run graphically intensive apps.

...and that's generally where the on-board video market comes into play.

Well, I don't like Intel's strangehold over the CPU market but I'm in favour of them competing with ATi and nVidia as that should benefit the consumer (as long as they don't put either of those companies out of business).

Strangehold? You must mean stranglehold. And to that I say:
*AMD
*IBM
*Motorolla
*Texas Instrument
*...

There are a lot of players in the CPU market. Certainly, which talking about the PC (ala, IBM compatible) the two major players are Intel and AMD. It is a much more competition friendly market then the PC OS market which is currently dominated by Microsoft.

Shadrack said,
Strangehold? You must mean stranglehold.

Indeed. :happy:

Shadrack said,
There are a lot of players in the CPU market.

Indeed, and there are more in the OS market. The number of players has no bearing on whether a company has a stranglehold over the sector. Intel clearly dominates and has applied illegal anti-competitive measures in order to maintain that position - hence my concern.