Twenty Intel ARC SKUs
Intel might have been suspiciously quiet about its ARC GPUs during its CES 2022 conference, but this does not mean that the company is not working behind the scenes to bring its highly anticipated GPUs as soon as possible.
According to Phoronix, the company has just posted a new commit to open-source Linux Mesa graphics driver by adding 20 PCI Device IDs labeled as ‘DG2’. However, until the new Linux Kernel is ready, the list has been commented out. While 20 IDs do sound impressive, it does not mean that all twenty are attached to an actual product, nor does it mean that the list is complete.
The IDs might include engineering samples, mobile and desktop gaming cards as well as professional solutions. For now, this is just speculation because Intel still did not confirm how many discrete graphics cards are being developed.
Recently the company had updated its website by removing the first quarter of 2022 as ‘promised’ availability of the new GPUs. Some media outlets have reached out to Intel for a comment, but even despite those questions, Intel did not bring back Q1 2022.
According to Intel, the company is now shipping Arc GPUs to notebook OEMs and promises to have the first Arc-baed products on the market by the end of this quarter. Although no roadmap was shown, it is expected that those first products will include those based on entry-level DG2-128EU graphics processors, with more powerful DG2-512EU coming in the second quarter.