Intel Xe: One GPU Architecture To Rule Them All (Page 4)

| Jan 9, 2020 at 11:00 am CST

Intel DG1 Released: Software Development Vehicle

This is something I actually broke back in October 2019, where I said I'd been "hearing from my own sources (a couple of them just to be sure) that the first Intel Xe graphics card will be a developer kit of sorts, and not a full-fledged consumer-facing product ready to take on NVIDIA and AMD.


Fast forward to today, and Intel says its DG1 is going out as a developer unit as a software development vehicle. Intel is sampling ISVs worldwide, allowing developers to optimize their software, and games, for Xe. This is the big deal here, is that Intel is ready enough with Xe that it can sample its customers (finally) so they can better-optimize their software and games for Intel's new Xe GPU architecture.

Since Xe will power both Tiger Lake and its own dGPU, Intel will need to work much closer with software and game developers on their architectures to ensure performance, and compatibility (as well as stability) are continuously improving. This isn't some release-once-let-it-sit deal, this is a decades-long shift by Intel and they'll need continuous work from here on out.

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