Intel confirms to launch Arc A-series products for desktops (A3) first in China
Intel released the Alchemist (DG2) discrete graphics card of the Intel Arc brand with the Xe-HPG architecture at the end of March. The first batch of products is for mobile platforms, and only the A350M and A370M are available for the first time. According to Intel, the remaining three GPUs for the mobile platform will not be available until early summer this year, and the desktop platform will not be available until the second quarter of this year.
Recently, Lisa Pearce, vice president, and general manager of Intel’s Visual Computing Business Unit published a blog post answering some of the most popular questions collected in the development community in recent weeks.
Lisa Pearce said Intel is working closely with OEMs, starting with Samsung, which will start supplying in South Korea and then expand globally. The rest of the partners, including Lenovo, Acer, HP, and Asus, will release laptops with Arc graphics as soon as possible. Lisa Pearce acknowledged the delays in shipments due to software issues and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the supply chain.
For the desktop version that many people care about, Lisa Pearce confirmed that the Arc A-series products for desktops, the Arc A3 series, will be released in China first, followed by the retail version. The reason is the supply of related components, as well as the strong demand for entry-level products. China will be the starting point for Intel’s Alchemist desktop discrete graphics cards, and the next step will be the spread of these products to the world. The Arc A5 and Arc A7 series will be launched globally with OEMs and system integrators later this summer, followed by global channels.