recently Gadgets 360 interview, Intel’s senior vice president Raja Koduri and Intel’s graphics product team member Roger Chandler talked about the upcoming Arc GPU in early 2022. In the interview, Chandler talked about Intel’s position on cryptocurrency mining on its upcoming GPUs. Intel seems to be taking a non-intervention path, letting the market and buyers decide their purpose of using graphics cards.
In the interview, Chandler said: “[…] As for software lock-in and things of this nature, we currently do not design the product or build any features specifically for miners. In terms of the actions we take to avoid or lock them in, this is a product that will be sold in the market and people will be able to buy. This is not our priority. “This shows a position similar to AMD. AMD does not impose any restrictions on the workloads that users can perform on its graphics cards. This is different from the artificial product segmentation that Nvidia chose to do. Cryptocurrency mining processor (CMP) series of GPUs, at the same time introduced Computing power limit The company imposed restrictions on its LHR (Lite Hash Rate) GeForce products. Both of these methods have their own shortcomings, but it seems that Intel does not think it should monitor what workloads users access on their GPUs—depending on the performance and energy efficiency of Intel’s GPUs, it may irritate miners as they When they finally entered the market, they became interested in their ARC Alchemist product.
When talking about current market conditions and supply expectations, Intel’s director of graphics Raja Koduri said that when ARC Alchemist does enter the market, the company cannot really predict in detail how availability will evolve-but quickly pointed to AMD or Nvidia. As Mr. Koduri said, “We will join as the third participant. When the demand is so high and the market is so difficult, I will always be very cautious. I can always use more supply. So I “I will not Say that I have enough supply in this high-demand market. I think every one of my competitors will now say the same thing. “We still don’t know how Intel’s entry into the market will affect the available supply among the three participants because Intel has signed a contract with TSMC Manufacturing its GPU on a 6nm process-eventually competing with AMD and Nvidia for the same number of wafers.
Intel, which is associated with the development of ARC and its entire high-performance graphics portfolio and products, may have spent billions of dollars in compensation and research and development. Considering that this is the company’s first attempt to enter the market, it is fighting an uphill battle with consumer perception, which does not include the software engineering requirements for successfully launching graphics card products. Compared with the use of its own semiconductor manufacturing vertical integration advantages, outsourcing GPU manufacturing will also lead to higher manufacturing costs for Intel-we already know why Intel chose to cooperate with TSMC in this regard. Intel does not intend to lock in the potential sources of higher demand for its graphics products, which seems natural-this in turn will bring higher revenue, market penetration and profits to this budding independent GPU manufacturer.