Alas poor Vega M, I knew thee well

Intel abandons its Kaby Lake multi-chip fix

Jon Peddie
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Remember when hell froze over in January 2018? When Intel unveiled its 8th generation Core CPUs with AMD's RX Vega M, bringing together its fastest mobile processors with graphics capabilities that used to require a dedicated GPU. 

LA Times

Well, all good things must come to an end and so Intel has announced it is discontinuing its Kaby Lake-G, Core i7 processors because it believes processor buyers’ interest has shifted to other Intel products.

Luckily, Intel has a heart and is not immediately cutting off its customers with products in production or long term contracts. The company has said customers will have until January 31st, 2020 to place orders, and the last shipments should take place by July 31st, 2020. One can only guess what will happen to the ASP.

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This is not a new development in silicon-land, nor is it unexpected given all the money Intel is pouring into headhunters, relocation expenses, events, and other associated investments with bringing up a new product line, namely the long-awaited (and still waiting) Xe discrete GPU family.

Intel had created seven versions of the 14nm Core i7 and i5 with Vega dGPU in a multi-chip package with CPU frequencies from 3.8 to 4.3 GHz.

The multi-chip offering revealed a new Intel, one that could think and act outside the lines, and be pragmatic about delivering the best solution to it customer rather than shoving something down tehri throats. 

And then when Intel declared they would re-enter the dGPU market with a family of their own parts, we saw another manifestation of Intel’s evolution and enlightenment.

So, it’s the end of an era which was a revolution, and now we move on to phase three.

Phase 1 —  x86, only x86, only Intel
Phase 1 — x86 and AMD gfx
Phase 3 — intel CPU, Intel GPU