By now, you’ve probably heard about the $100 million deal between Intel and Nvidia that has closed in less than two weeks.
You might also be thinking that Intel’s new graphics chipsets are just as good as Nvidia’s, so why wouldn’t they work with each other?
But the reality is that Intel and AMD have a lot in common.
They both specialize in the PC graphics market, and they both have been working on GPU chipsets for a while.
Intel is known for making high-performance graphics chips and AMD for making low-power CPUs.
And while both companies are developing chipsets that are aimed at mobile devices, the similarities end there.
Both chipmakers are focused on mobile devices with chipsets based on Intel’s Xeon Phi architecture.
Both chipsets have a relatively low power consumption and both have an embedded graphics unit (IGU).
But the two chipmakers also have very different needs when it comes to graphics performance.
AMD wants to deliver high-quality, high-resolution graphics on chipsets it calls Graphics Core Next (GCN), while Intel wants to achieve the same performance on chips with its next-generation Xeon Phi-based chipsets.
In other words, the two companies have very much different priorities when it come to how their chipsets will work together.