Intel to return to discrete GPU arena

Intel has committed itself to developing a discrete graphics product. It's been suggested for some time that it might have such a scheme in mind given the success of its integrated graphics products, and the fact that arch-rival AMD now owns ATI. Intel hinted at such a move last month, but this is the first time it has come clean and admitted what it's up to. The chip giant's statement of intent is all there in black and white on its website. Originally spotted by a Beyond3D forum poster, the situations vacant portion of Intel's online presence has a second devoted to the company's Visual Computing Group (VCG), which is "focused on developing discrete graphics products based on a many-core architecture targeting high-end client platforms".

If that's not about creating discrete GPUs for gaming and digital content creation, we'd like to what is. The VCG is separing from the Chipset Graphics Engineering Group (CGEG), which again shows this isn't about making better integrated products, though we're sure VCG's efforts will feed into what the CGEG is doing.

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It'd be nice if they'd put a load of work into improving laptop graphics cards. The poor graphics cards are really holding back laptops... at least in the low to mid range.

Hope they turn out better than their old Starfighter cards but either way more competition would be welcome. Prices on video cards have gotten completely ridiculous.

Hopefully better than the traditional integrated graphics fare...

Though in the Vista generation of PCs, surely integrated graphics will have to get a lot better - wouldn't be surprised if a lot of work will go into the lower end of the market.

Quite expected.... and I sense that nVidia might have some part in this, tho Intel are perfectly capable of releasing a whole new product

Rumours suggest that NVIDIA is making a CPU and Intel is making their own cards (100%). So we may end up with 3 giants, plus Microsoft if their chip turns out to be useful.

Intel will be making their own discrete graphics chip (read: not with nVidia)... prior integrated graphics on chipsets were never that great because a lot of the design and functional blocks that make up the integrated graphics were always stripped back to save room on the chipset die. Now that the team has an opportunity to actually use an entire die, they will be able to take full advantage of this and come up with some wonderful products.

ECEGatorTuro said,
Intel will be making their own discrete graphics chip (read: not with nVidia)... prior integrated graphics on chipsets were never that great because a lot of the design and functional blocks that make up the integrated graphics were always stripped back to save room on the chipset die. Now that the team has an opportunity to actually use an entire die, they will be able to take full advantage of this and come up with some wonderful products.


How quickly folks forget about previous Intel discrete video chip flops. This is nothing more than the once every 3-5 year lame brained fantasy of some Intel VP/Exec that thinks they can do something Intel has never succeeded at.

The smartest thing they could possibly do is fire said exec and keep doing what they are good at. Stick to the core competencies. What Intel should be doing is trying to figure out how to get selected as the next provider of cpu cores for Xbox