Intel recently announced that they have made a new chip which will be a part of their upcoming 8th-generation Core H series. The whole module consists of an Intel processor, an AMD graphics card, and a built-in RAM. This module is smaller than all the individual parts alone, so this will contribute to a small but powerful computer. In terms of power, Intel only mentioned that it will be enough for gaming and usage of other heavy software, such as Adobe Photoshop.
The processor comes with a “semi-custom” graphics chip from AMD as well as Intel’s second generation “High Bandwidth Memory (HBM2)”. The HBM2 can be compared to a traditional laptop’s GDDR 5. It’s possible for the three parts to cooperate because of Intel’s EMIB, which stands for “Embedded Multi-Die Interconnect Bridge. According to Intel, EMIB “allows heterogeneous silicon to quickly pass information in extremely close proximity.” The GPU will manage the temperature, performance and energy use by dint of a new power-sharing framework they’ve made.
This module could be used for thinner laptops or to free up more space for other components, such as larger batteries, inside the device. About three square inches of less board space should be possible with this new Core H processor, but we should definitely expect it to be even smaller in the future.
The processor will be released sometime in the Q1 of 2018, and this is actually the first ever consumer product to come with Intel’s EMIB. Several laptop manufacturers will most likely release devices powered by this EMIB chip in future. How do you think that it will affect powerful laptops in the future?