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Raja Koduri hints at June 2020 Intel Xe graphics card launch

by Mark Tyson on 7 October 2019, 12:11

Tags: Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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Intel chief architect Raja Koduri has a thing about personalised 'vanity' number plates. Back in September 2016, while still a big wheel at AMD, Koduri scalped the 'Radeon' number plate from the DMV, apparently just before Chris Hook's application went through for it.

In May 2018, it was observed that Koduri, having left AMD, had bolted on a new vanity plate with one that spelled out 'MIGA'. That didn't stand for 'Make Intel Great Again', as some pondered. Koduri cleared up the meaning of the acronym via Twitter, saying it meant "Machines, media, intelligence, imaging, graphics, architecture - all my favourite topics..."

Just ahead of the weekend @rajaontheedge updated his Twitter followers with yet another number plate change on his Tesla automobile - it now spells out 'ThinkXE'. We have seen Intel Xe discrete GPU plans in the news since late 2018. In recent months the upcoming graphics cards feel like they have become materially closer as stories about driver support and other details emerge.

Intel Xe dGPUs should arrive in 2020, we can see from previously published Intel slides and roadmaps. Interestingly, many think that Koduri's latest number plate change provides the key date for the launch of Intel Xe GPUs. If you look closely you can see on the top strip of the number plate, flanking the car's registered US state, is June and 2020. It looks like a Computex 2020 launch event is lined up.

Xe is the codename for the Intel Gen12 graphics architecture which will come in a range of consumer and data centre optimised forms.



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Isn't that just the licence plate expiry date?
Xlucine
Isn't that just the licence plate expiry date?

Yes, but it's easy to photoshop, or if luck had it that his expiration date JUST manages to nail the planned roll out date, then the joke/hint sticks. And he is wily and witty enough to pull exactly that kind of easter egg.

OR, he could have planned to get the plate exactly one year to the month from planned launch, intending the whole thing as an ongoing thing.
moshpit
Yes, but it's easy to photoshop, or if luck had it that his expiration date JUST manages to nail the planned roll out date, then the joke/hint sticks. And he is wily and witty enough to pull exactly that kind of easter egg.

OR, he could have planned to get the plate exactly one year to the month from planned launch, intending the whole thing as an ongoing thing.

All of his plates have expired in june, so if computex is always in june then there'll always be some announcement/launch that the plate can refer to