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Two tech heavyweights team up against a third
November 19, 2017, 2:58 pm
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Tech rivals Intel and Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) are joining hands to produce a laptop chip that uses an Intel processor and an AMD graphics unit to probably rival industry competitor Nvidia.

Designed for thin and portable laptops the chip is still powerful enough for gamers who need a stronger option to play intensive games. The chip will be part of Intel’s eighth-generation Intel Core line and marks Intel and AMD’s first partnership since the 1980s.

The laptops built with the new chips will not be competing with AMD’s upcoming Ryzen chips, which are also designed for ultrathin laptops. AMD specified that these new Intel chips will be aimed at serious gamers, whereas Ryzen chips, though it can run games, are not specifically designed for gamers.

Intel says this is the first consumer product that uses the EMIB small intelligent bridge design, which allows information to be passed quickly in extremely close proximity. The bridge allows chips to be both smaller and more powerful and can be used in devices including notebooks, two-in-ones, and mini desktops.

Intel has previously investigated chips modeled after the human brain to build better hardware for AI uses. Nvidia is also working on hardware for AI applications.

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