Long time rival companies Intel and AMD will be partnering up to work on a new laptop chip. The chip in question will have an Intel processor along with an AMD graphics unit, bringing them directly in competition with NVIDIA.
The new chips are aimed to make slim and portable laptops powerful enough to make them a viable option for graphics intensive games. Simply put, it will help to bridge the gap between high-end gaming laptops and the more affordable but less powerful mainstream ones. It will be launched as a part of Intel’s eighth generation Core lineup.
Apparently, the new laptops will not be competing with AMD’s mobile Ryzen versions, which are due for release soon. AMD has specified that the new Intel lineup will focus mainly on serious gaming, while the Ryzen chips aren’t specifically designed to do that, although you can use them for gaming.
According to Intel, this is the first consumer product to use the EMIB small intelligent bridge design, which allows information to pass quickly in “extremely close proximity”, thus enabling the chips to be much smaller and more powerful. It will also use HBM2 (short for High Bandwidth Memory), which is present in AMD’s Vega GPUs.