"Raja is one of the most experienced, innovative and respected graphics and system architecture visionaries in the industry and the latest example of top technical talent to join Intel", said Dr. Murthy Renduchintala, Intel's chief engineering officer and group president of the Client and Internet of Things Businesses and System Architecture.
However, rumors of Intel entering the discrete GPU market have been swirling for some time now.
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Koduri now serves as Intel's chief architect and SVP of the newly created Core and Visual Computing Group.
According to Shrout, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich revealed some details at an analyst event last week, but didn't get into any real specifics.
Fleshing out the data centre possibilities mentioned above, Shrout says that Intel could use its in-house design GPUs as part of its wider-scale AI and machine-learning strategy. We still don't know how broad a range of products the company intends to introduce when it does re-enter the market, but Intel has at least put AMD and Nvidia on notice for when they can expect fresh competition in the graphics space. The company's existing efforts have been focused on offering graphics through Intel's CPU chips, but the performance has been limited. Intel of course is in the midst of watching sometimes-ally and sometimes-rival NVIDIA grow at a almost absurd pace thanks to the machine learning boom, so Intel's third shot at dGPUs is ultimately an effort to establish themselves in a market for accelerators that is no longer niche but is increasingly splitting off customers who previously would have relied entirely on Intel CPUs.More news: Toyota makes record $1 billion investment in ride-hailing firm Grab
Intel's new GPU initiative is not its first venture into discrete graphics.
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