In a report published by DigiTimes today (via TechPowerUp) it is claimed that Intel will host a technology and business conference centred on Arctic Sound. As HEXUS regulars will be aware, Arctic Sound is Intel's latest discrete GPU project and it has the weight of Raja Koduri, its chief architect, and various other well known graphics industry execs behind it.
According to the report, the conference will be held sometime in December and Koduri and other high level execs and engineers working on Arctic Sound development will provide updates on the various aspects of a project like this.
Of course, as a tech publication, HEXUS would consider a thorough and detailed reveal the most pleasing but it wouldn't be surprising if the audience in December was rather limited and the technical details were not made absolutely clear. Intel will likely to aim for the sweet spot of creating a buzz and positive expectations without tipping-off competitors about the intricacies of the project.
While the conference will be held on the threshold of 2019, DigiTimes reminds us that the expected launch date for the first Arctic Sound GPUs will be sometime in 2020. Looking back at one of our previous articles on Arctic Sound news - there are two important things to consider when talking about Intel's upcoming graphics chip - it is going to be a discrete GPU that will appeal to gamers - and it will "enter the market with a bang". So, hopefully we won't get a repeat of the previous Intel misfires into this segment.
One last interesting news nugget in the DigiTimes report is that Intel has set up a new GPU R&D centre in Canada, but it has plans to build a GPU design R&D centre in India too. Meanwhile, TechPowerUp has shared some fascinating Tweets from Motley Fool analyst Ashraf Eassa, as below.
UPDATE: Raja Koduri has taken to Twitter to pour water on this interesting fire, writing "It's intel architecture day... not a 'dgpu day'". Perhaps we should scale back our anticipation level.