Intel to launch its first gaming GPU in 2008-2009?
A career page added to Intel's site last month pretty much confirmed the company's plans to develop a discrete gaming graphics processor to compete with AMD and Nvidia. Intel has yet to give any specifics about its plans, such as when its first discrete GPU will come out. However, that hasn't stopped the folks at VR-Zone from probing around. The site says it has received word that Intel's first flagship gaming graphics processor is likely to come out in late 2008 or 2009, and that it will cram as many as 16 cores onto a single die. Unsurprisingly, VR-Zone also says Intel will use its own manufacturing facilities to produce the GPU. The chip will "probably" be based on the company's upcoming 32nm process technology, the site says, although a roadmap shown at IDF suggests that Intel doesn't intend to release 32nm microprocessors until 2009.