Intel’s short-lived collaboration with AMD for Radeon powered CPUs has come to an end. Intel announced on Monday that it is discontinuing its Kaby Lake-G processors, which were a combination of Intel Core i7 processors and AMD’s Radeon RX Vega M graphics.
While explaining this move to chip buyers, Intel said:
Market demand for the products listed in the “Products Affected/Intel Ordering Codes” table below have shifted to other Intel products. The products identified in this notification will be discontinued and unavailable for additional orders after the “Last Product Discontinuance Order Date”.
Vendors will have until January 31st, 2020 to place orders for Kaby Lake G processors as shipments will halt after this date. As of yet, there is no word on a replacement product.
This move was somewhat expected. Kaby Lake G processors were originally announced back in 2017 to counter Nvidia’s Mobile GPU offerings, but the processors never gained enough support from OEMs.
A select few laptop makers did adopt this series, but most of them went with Whiskey Lake-U and Coffee Lake-H processors, that were powered with Nvidia’s mobile GPUs instead.
It is unclear whether Intel will announce a new generation of G-series processors with AMD graphics, but it seems highly unlikely at this point.
Intel is planning to launch its own high-performance graphics architecture, XE, with everything from mobile GPUs to dedicated GPUs for workstations and gaming. This will probably leave no room for a future generation of Kaby Lake G processors.