During these hours, Intel holds a shareholders’ meeting where the company discusses key elements of its strategy and future plans. During the event, details became known about how Intel will enter the graphics accelerator market – the first graphics cards of the Intel Arc family will be released before the end of the first quarter of this year.
According to the published plan, the first mobile computers equipped with discrete graphics cards from the Intel Arc Alchemist family will be on sale before the end of the first quarter. Such laptops have been presented before, as an example we can cite the MSI Summit E16 Flip EVO.
The Arc Alchemist series of discrete video accelerators, designed for use in desktop computers, will begin shipping in the second quarter of this year. In addition, the company will offer a professional workstation version of Arc Alchemist in Q3.
Intel also announced the start of work on the next generation of graphics architecture, codenamed Celestial. According to the company’s representatives, this product will offer a flagship in terms of performance and, among other things, will be positioned as a gaming solution in the highest price segment.
Intel plans to ship more than 4 million discrete graphics accelerators by the end of this year. Thanks to these production volumes, the company expects its graphics division to generate sales of more than $1 billion in 2022. And that’s just the beginning – for the future, as expected, the graphic direction expects rapid growth. Intel graphics accelerator sales must surpass $10 billion in 2026.
Along the way, Intel announced the “Endgame Project,” which is set to become something like a gaming cloud service built on top of Intel Arc family accelerators. The service is slated to launch later this year and will allow users to access this equipment without purchasing it. There are no concrete details about the Endgame project yet, and it’s not clear if the service will be aimed at developers or end users.