Raja Koduri comments on Intel Arc cancellation rumours; Arc A770 is supposedly being prepped for launch
Intel's Arc line of discreet graphics cards has had a rocky start due to driver and performance issues. YouTuber Moore's Law is Dead recently posted a video stating that Intel was planning to withdraw from the consumer graphics card market entirely, but a few entry-level Alchemist and Battlemage SKUs would still be produced. Raja Koduri, Intel's GPU head, debunked the claims earlier today on Twitter.
Raja started by posting an image of what appears to be the high-end Arc A770 desktop graphics card, "getting ready for launch." It should ideally hit shelves worldwide before the year ends, shortly after Nvidia and AMD put out their next generation of GPUs. In a follow-up Tweet, Raja said that rumours of Arc's cancellation, "Don't help the team working hard to bring these to market."
Tom from Moore's Law is Dead added in his video that Intel would use the know-how it gained from Alchemist/Battlemage to create HPC products for the enterprise market. He also says that the next-generation Battlemage GPU has ditched its multi-die ambitions for a simpler monolithic design. While it is too early to comment on Battlemage's performance, the Alchemist-based Arc A770 has been shown to perform on par with the GeForce RTX 3070 on both desktop and mobile.
Raja's vehement denial of Arc's cancellations is understandable because companies usually refrain from commenting on rumours, especially ones that involve high-profile products such as discreet graphics cards. Intel has bled a not-so-insignificant amount of money trying to develop Arc, so the likelihood of it getting the axe is non-zero. However, Intel might not want Arc to end up as Larrabee 2.0 and could choose to eat the losses and see it through.
Bumped into this beauty in Toronto volume validation lab.. getting ready for launch! pic.twitter.com/HReEfz1d2b— Raja Koduri (Bali Makaradhwaja) (@RajaXg) September 11, 2022