If there is something that we lack in the presentation of Intel in this CES 2021 which is held, it is the presentation of its second generation Intel Xe, says DG2, including the Xe-HP but especially the Xe -HPG are the most anticipated, the latest being Intel’s bet for the most enthusiastic gaming market in an attempt to crash NVIDIA and AMD.
Intel will use TSMC to manufacture the Intel Xe DG2
According to Reuters, an Intel chip called ‘DG2»Will be manufactured under an advanced version of TSMC 7nm nodo. Although this information is vague, it is known that DG2 refers to the second generation of Intel Xe and that TSMC’s 7nm node version could refer to the 6 nm nodo
The sources speak of a GPU for a graphics card that will rank between the $ 400 and the $ 600, so everything indicates that this could be the Intel Xe-HPG based on a monolithic chip with a configuration of 512 EU which has long been considered Intel’s answer to AMD and NVIDIA in the graphics card market for gaming enthusiasts.
For the moment and according to Reuters, Intel and TSMC have refused to respond.
Production issues with Intel’s 10nm?
With the already announced launch of Alder Lake in the second half of this year, in both laptops and desktops, in combination with the announced increase in production at Intel, what comes to mind is the next question: Is Intel having problems? to build your gaming GPU in your factories?
The idea of using third-party factories by Intel is something that seemed overdone a few months ago, but we have to keep in mind that in the next few months it is very possible that Intel factories will be overloaded with their processors, which they will use in all segments its 10nm node.
Intel’s strategy can be as simple as letting AMD have a smaller share of production at TSMC, as the number of wafers that can be manufactured under a particular node is limited and companies like Intel, NVIDIA, and AMD scramble to secure a place in the production line of Taiwan’s powerful processor foundry.
The absence of Intel Xe DG2 at CES 2021
Many of us were expecting to see the second generation Intel GPUs, DG2, during this CES and we wanted to know more, but did Intel say anything else? As Bob Swan said in an interview with PC World, we still don’t have a specific date:
The idea is to start with the integrated graphics and improve them, but do so in a way that you can more easily migrate to dedicated graphics. They are based on the same design, over the past year you have already seen the progress we have made in integrated graphics and then we released DG1. Currently I’m not sure if we have given a date for DG2 or when we will launch it for data centers.
Intel has yet to give a date for the Intel Xe-HP and Xe-HPG. In the case of the Xe-HP, this is a consumer electronics show, but not with the Xe-HPG. Considering that Intel previewed its Alder Lake for the second half of 2021 without mentioning the Intel Xe-HPG, it makes us think that Intel’s dedicated GPUs could be a little further than expected.