Intel stops manufacturing processors with AMD Vega graphics chip

Almost two years ago, the Intel made an unexpected announcement: a partnership with OMG to launch Core i5 and Core i7 processors with Radeon Vega GPU. But this series, which became known as Kaby Lake-G, will cease to exist: Intel has confirmed the discontinuation of the line and the non-renewal of the partnership with AMD.

Intel Core with AMD Vega

Seven Kaby Lake-G processors were launched as a result of this agreement, all corresponding to the eighth generation of Core chips:

  • Intel Core i7-8706G
  • Intel Core i7-8705G
  • Intel Core i7-8809G
  • Intel Core i7-8709G
  • Intel Core i7-8706G
  • Intel Core i5-8305G
  • Intel Core i5-8305G

In them, the combination of technologies with different origins was possible thanks to the EMIB (Embedded Multi-die Interconnect Bridge), module that groups CPU, GPU and memory (here, type HBM2). EMIB works as a kind of advanced PCI Express link, so data transfer between components is fast.

Intel and AMD emphasized the performance of the chips and also highlighted their size small enough to allow the Kaby Lake-G series to equip ultra-thin notebooks, for example. As a result, both companies now have an additional weapon in their efforts to reduce the space of a major rival: Nvidia.

Ultimately, manufacturers’ acceptance of the Kaby Lake-G series was low. Few notebooks were launched with these chips. Intel even put them on NUC mini-PCs, but for a short time.

Intel Kaby Lake-G

Among the possible explanations for the low reception of these units by manufacturers is the need to develop specific cooling mechanisms for chips of this type, which demands time and money.

Under the circumstances, discontinuing the line was inevitable. Intel confirmed the decision saying it will only accept orders for Kaby Lake-G processors until January 31, 2020.

The company further argued that demand for these chips has shifted to other of its products, such as the tenth-generation Intel Core processors, which feature Iris Plus graphics that promise up to twice the performance compared to the previous generation.

With that, the collaboration between Intel and AMD comes to an end. There is no forecast for both companies to work together again.

With information: Tom’s Hardware, SlashGear.

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