Intel, best known for CPUs, announces it is entering the GPU market with the first line of consumer graphics cards next year.
The Arc brand serves as Intel’s first foray into the market, offering hardware and software-based graphics cards. Intel also confirms that the Arc series spans “multiple hardware generations.” The first generation is codenamed “Alchemist” and will come to laptops and desktops in 2022.
Intel hasn’t given specific details about the Alchemist line yet, but the company did share a teaser video with the announcement. The video went online along with the announcement and showcased games like Crysis Remastered Trilogy, Metro Exodus, and Psychonauts 2.
Intel says Arc’s graphics cards provide mesh shading, variable-rate shading, video upscaling, and real-time ray tracing. The video also mentions AI-accelerated supersampling. Intel won’t detail what it is, but it may serve as a competition to Nvidia’s DLSS and AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution.
It’s not the first time Intel has been working on graphics cards. It previously released a card for workstations with the Iris Xe graphics card. The announcement means Intel will be competing with AMD and Nvidia in the GPU market. Both companies have introduced new graphics cards this year but are struggling to meet the high demand and are suffering from the global chip shortage. There is a chance that this shortage could last until 2023.
Intel hopes to provide more details about the Arc line later this year.