Posted on Monday, August 16 2021 @ 15:28 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
A minor GPU announcement from Intel today as the company reveals it will market its Xe-based consumer graphics as Intel Arc. The new Arc brand will include not only hardware, but also software and services. The first Xe-HPG GPUs, formerly known as DG2, are now codenamed Alchemist. Furthermore, Intel also revealed future models are codenamed Battlemage, Celestial, and Druid. The chip giant is definitely using very different codenames than AMD and NVIDIA.
See you in Q1 2022
Besides the reveal of a couple of codenames, Intel's announcement is very light on details. There is conformation though that Alchemist will get support for a machine learning-based supersampling technology. It also looks like Xe-HPG is delayed as Intel is now talking about availability in desktops and notebooks from global partners in Q1 2022. Previously, there was an expectation that Intel would at least ship something before the end of 2021.
What’s New: Intel today revealed the brand for its upcoming consumer high-performance graphics products: Intel® Arc™. The Arc brand will cover hardware, software and services, and will span multiple hardware generations, with the first generation, based on the Xe HPG microarchitecture, code-named Alchemist (formerly known as DG2). Intel also revealed the code names of future generations under the Arc brand: Battlemage, Celestial and Druid.
“Today marks a key moment in the graphics journey we started just a few years ago. The launch of the Intel Arc brand and the reveal of future hardware generations signifies Intel’s deep and continued commitment to gamers and creators everywhere. We have teams doing incredible work to ensure we deliver first-class and frictionless experiences when these products are available early next year.”
–Roger Chandler, Intel vice president and general manager of Client Graphics Products and Solutions
Why It Matters: Intel Xe is a scalable graphics and compute architecture designed to deliver exceptional performance and functionality spanning integrated to discrete and data centers to supercomputers.
Upcoming Intel Arc graphics products are based on the Xe-HPG microarchitecture, a convergence of Intel’s Xe-LP, HP and HPC microarchitectures, that will deliver scalability and compute efficiency with advanced graphics features. Alchemist, the first generation of Intel Arc products, will feature hardware-based ray tracing and artificial intelligence-driven super sampling, and offer full support for DirectX 12 Ultimate.
Who It Helps: Intel’s long-term vision is to bring frictionless gaming and content creation experiences to gamers and creators worldwide, giving them innovation and choice in hardware coupled with open and accessible software tools.
More Context: Alchemist products will arrive in the first quarter of 2022. Please visit Intel.com/Arc for more details, with more specifics arriving later in 2021.