MacBook 2018 May Use Intel's GPU In 2020 - Integration Between CPUs and GPUs

Ronald Balondo
2:08 PM

Apple may integrate both Intel’s CPU and discrete graphics chipset in the future model of their MacBook Pro 2018, MacBook Air 2018, Mac Mini 2018 and iMac 2018 lineup. This setup will give a double punch and better synergy within the integrated graphics in the processor and will squeeze more performance power in the discrete graphics chip.

Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich plans to go on a venture in the graphics cards department and the company wants to cement itself in the overall electronic world by proving they are one of the best in the CPU possibly also in GPU lines. The tweet from Intel news’ official Twitter account solidifies the claim.

Back in the last part of 2017, Intel made a huge leap by appointing Raja Koduri as the chief architect of the newly founded Core and Visual Computing Group. This move provided the company a good spot in the integrated graphics race and another key part of the company’s plans — high-end discrete graphics solutions.

According to Apple Insider, Raja Koduri was originally from AMD and helped the company’s campaign in the graphics technology. He served as the previous senior vice president and chief architect of the Radeon Technologies Group. He used to lead and oversee all the aspects of AMD’s graphics technology section used for the company’s APU, semi-custom GPU, and discrete GPU.

He also used to work for Apple before to going to AMD as the director of graphics architecture. This is also helped Apple to transition to what we all know as Retina display. The accomplishments are huge and now Intel is moving forward and wanted to enter a race where Nvidia and AMD dominate the landscape.

“Raja is one of the most experienced, innovative and respected graphics and system architecture visionaries in the industry and the latest example of top technical talent to join Intel,” this is the statement by Dr. Murthy Renduchintala, chief engineering officer of Intel.

He also added that “We have exciting plans to aggressively expand our computing and graphics capabilities and build on our very strong and broad differentiated IP foundation. With Raja at the helm of our Core and Visual Computing Group, we will add to our portfolio of unmatched capabilities, advance our strategy to lead in computing and graphics, and ultimately be the driving force of the data revolution.”

Now, in most of the Apple line and their 15-Inch MacBook Pro design includes Intel-based integrated graphics and packed with AMD’s Radeon GPU. The set up allows the system to switch the usage of the system’s graphics computation based on the needs of the application that is being used.

With both the integration of the graphics components from one company in one system seems to be possible with this news. An extra pump in the performance from the CPU and synced it to its GPU in future MacBook Pro 2018, MacBook Air 2018, Mac Mini 2 and iMac 2018 will now be feasible.

With Koduri added to the Intel team that got connections from Apple, the future is leaning towards the next generation MacBooks – Pro, Air iMacs, and Mac Minis– that has the same GPU and CPU from Intel. We will have to see how things developed with these two giants in the coming months.

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