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Intel Nixes CPUs With AMD Radeon Graphics To Focus On Ice Lake Chips

'We have more in store from our graphics engine that will bring further enhancements to PCs in the future,' an Intel spokesperson tells CRN of the company's decision to discontinue its Kaby Lake-G processors.

Intel said it has discontinued its Kaby Lake-G mobile processors that include AMD Radeon graphics to focus on its new 10th-generation Core processors featuring the chipmaker's own graphics technology.

The Santa Clara, Calif.-based chipmaker announced the discontinuation of the eighth-generation Core processors in a Product Change Notification on Tuesday, listing seven processors that range from the Core i5-8305G to the Core i7-8706G. They can be ordered until Jan. 31, 2020, with final shipments set to go out by July 31 later that year.

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While the notice said Kaby Lake-G was discontinued because market demand has shifted to "other Intel products," an Intel spokesperson elaborated, saying that the company decided to refocus its portfolio on processors with Intel's own graphics technology, which includes the new 10th-generation Intel Core Ice Lake processors.

"Intel is refocusing its product portfolio. Our 10th Gen Intel Core processors with Iris Plus graphics are built on the new Gen11 graphics architecture that nearly doubled graphics performance," the spokesperson said in an email to CRN. "We have more in store from our graphics engine that will bring further enhancements to PCs in the future."

The spokesperson declined to say whether Intel will collaborate with AMD again.

"We’re constantly exploring innovative products," the spokesperson said. "Nothing new to share today."

An AMD spokesperson declined to comment.

Intel launched the Kaby Lake-G processors for the high-performance mobile segment at the beginning of 2018. The processors, which targeted small form factors like 2-in-1s and ultra-thin laptops, paired Intel's Core H-series processors with AMD's Radeon RX Vega M discrete graphics.

However, the processors weren't widely adopted by OEMs, according to Tom's Hardware, which said that "precious few laptops adopted the radical new design."

Intel has been making a large push for its new 10th-generation Core processors, which are currently split between two product lineups: Comet Lake, which is targeting multithreaded and productivity workloads, and Ice Lake, which is architected for artificial intelligence software and high-fidelity graphics. The processors are expected to ship in more than 120 designs for notebooks, 2-in-1s and other mobile PC form factors by the end of the year.

The company has been using the new Ice Lake processors to showcase its new integrated Iris Plus graphics capabilities, which are made possible by the company's Gen11 graphics architecture. The processors' integrated graphics come with up to 64 execution units — a new high for an on-board GPU — and can support high-throughput, sustained AI workloads on top of applications for 1080p gaming and 4K video editing.

At the same time, Intel has been facing increased competition from AMD, thanks to the rival chipmaker's new Ryzen and EPYC processors that are based on an advanced manufacturing process.

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