Raja Koduri talks about Intel Arc GPUs, XeSS and custom cards
In an interview with ASCII, Raja Koduri, senior vice president and general manager of accelerated computing systems and graphics group at Intel, shared more details on the upcoming Intel Arc architecture. Additionally, Raja commented on XeSS compatibility and Intel Arc support for high-end applications and the desktop market.
The interview conducted by ASCII (via Wccftech) covered various topics relating to future graphics solutions from Intel, including Arc and Ponte Vecchio. When asked why Intel chose the TSMC N6 node instead of using something like the Intel 7 node, Raja replied that Intel was not ready to mass produce GPUs. Instead of fighting for the ability to produce both CPUs and GPUs in the same foundries, Intel chose TSMC so that it could continue to focus on mass production CPUs.
Raja also touched on the XeSS, stating that it will be compatible with Xe-LP GPUs, which means the currently available DG1 GPU and the 11th generation processor iGPU will support oversampling technology. On these GPUs, XeSS should use the less efficient DP4a instruction instead of the more efficient XMX. Additionally, he also hinted that Ponte Vecchio’s Xe-Link, Intel’s equivalent of Nvidia’s NVLink and AMD’s Crossfire, would not be supported by Arc gaming GPUs.
Additionally, Raja said we’ll likely see some custom Arc cards from AIB partners. Some partners already have access to the reference models and will sell them as is, but custom maps are expected to be launched eventually. Raja was also asked if Intel would release graphics cards for workstations, to which he replied that Intel Arc would support applications such as 3DS Max, but he could not specify which SKUs would support. such applications.
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