Intel inks memory supply deals for discrete GPU
Last month, we learned that Intel had selected Douglas M. Carmean, one of the architects of the Netburst processor architecture, to spearhead the group responsible for designing its first discrete graphics products. The Inquirer now has word that Intel has gotten together with memory vendors in Munich, Germany to secure supply contracts for its upcoming discrete graphics cards. According to The Inq, memory makers are "lining up GDDR5 [memory] in 512 [MB] and 1GB capacities," and Intel will begin sampling its discrete GPU in the second half of next year. Final parts can reportedly be expected between Christmas 2008 and the first quarter of 2009. Specs-wise, The Inq maintains that its previous report about the GPU having 16 x86-based in-order cores, a programmable pipeline, and a modular architecture are true.