The Intel AXG development team has moved to Battlemage GPU

Intel Arc, Intel’s new high-performance gaming graphics card brand, the first generation product is the Alchemist graphics card (DG2). According to the development plan announced by Intel, Alchemist is followed by Battlemage, Celestial, and Druid, a total of four generations of products. Different from the previous three generations, the fourth-generation Druid will use the new Xe architecture to replace the original Xe-HPG architecture.
Intel Battlemage GPU

Although the Alchemist graphics card still has potential, the main bottleneck is the driver, but with the gradual rollout of the ARC A series graphics card, the development team of Intel’s AXG department has started new work. According to Wccftech, most members of the development team of Intel’s AXG division have been transferred to the development of the second-generation product Battlemage. At the same time, early driver and software stack work is also underway, and even individual members have begun preliminary work on the third-generation product Celestial.

Raja Koduri, General Manager of the Graphics and Software Division, said that Intel’s discrete graphics business, like data centers and integrated graphics, is a basic technology, and it hopes to compete in the mainstream market. At the same time, it also denies the statement that Intel has cut discrete graphics projects in the past period.

In addition, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said in an interview with ServeTheHome recently, Intel is open to using ARC GPUs in data centers and servers, not limited to desktops, and will also issue authorized licenses, which means that it may adopt a software licensing model similar to AMD, which is completely different from NVIDIA’s attitude different.

Intel’s approach is understandable. After all, it has entered a new field and needs to strive for as much market share as possible and increase GPU shipments.