Intel Arc Alchemist is headed for Project Endgame, with over 4 million gaming GPUs shipping this year
Intel has commented on its graphics card plans for the next few years, having also published a CPU roadmap until 2025. While Intel is already looking towards the middle of the decade, it expects to ship more than 4 million dedicated Arc Alchemist GPUs this year. For context, AMD and NVIDIA claimed to have shipped approximately 12.7 million GPUs last year. Hence, Intel is looking to add 30% supply to the graphics card market.
Additionally, Intel hopes that laptops with dedicated Arc GPUs will launch during Q1 2022. In other words, we should see manufacturers announcing laptops with dedicated Intel GPUs within a month, probably at MWC 2022. Incidentally, Samsung has confirmed that it will showcase new Intel-powered Galaxy Book laptops at this year's conference, reputedly at least the Galaxy Book Pro 2 360.
By contrast, desktop graphics cards should follow in Q2 2022, with their workstation equivalents due in Q3 2022. However, Intel is developing next-generation GPUs too, codenamed Celestial and Battlemage. Allegedly, these GPUs will appeal to enthusiasts who would buy an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090, currently. Separately, Intel has announced 'Project Endgame', a long term goal for its GPU business.
Apparently, Intel hopes to offer GPUs as a service, allowing people to access powerful GPUs at any time and with comparatively low latency. Intel states that Project Endgame should be available this year, although it is unclear in what form the project will arrive. Potentially, Project Endgame could be another NVIDIA GeForce Now, or a service for applications that require powerful GPUs, such as 3D rendering software.