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According to a job announcement, Intel is setting up the GPU research and development facility in the UK. Intel is seeking experienced engineers in hardware design to create low-power GPU design concepts in portable computing devices.

“We are building a brand-new team in the UK to focus solely on class-leading low power GPU architectures and designs to enable the next generation of portable computing,” is the¬†job description¬†published on Intel’s Xe Architecture and IP Engineering (XAE) Low Power Group. “This requires proven skills in a range of engineering disciplines from architecture, hardware design, software driver design, all with low power as the key focus.”

The brand new GPU R&D centre will be situated in Swindon, UK, about 125 miles from Cambridge, which is the nation’s biggest technology hub. It is also about 90 miles from London.

Presently, there are two main GPU designers in the UK, including Arm’s Mali development team and Imagination Technologies’ PowerVR development team. Both are experts in low-power GPU designs and have extensive experience designing efficient and energy-efficient GPU blocks for Apple, MediaTek, NXP, Samsung, and Renesas, among others.

This is why there are plenty of engineers available to hunt down in the UK for those who want to build an energy-efficient GPU architecture. Additionally, many of Arm’s Mali developers remain in¬†Trondheim, Norway. This is why the names for codenames of Mali architectures are derived from Norwegian mythology.

Intel uses Xe-LP architecture for notebook processors and is expected to continue to use it for a time. However, it appears Intel believes that it’s going to require an entirely new low-power GPU design for its processors within five or six years.

It is noteworthy that Raja Koduri, who is in charge of the entire GPU operations at Intel, has a vast knowledge of ImgTec’s PowerVR architecture, which he learned about during his time at Apple. In addition, the phrase “portable” may mean that Intel is expanding beyond notebooks by introducing the next generation of low power GPU architecture.

Intel has been diligently expanding the size of its GPU design team since the company appointed Koduri in November of 2017. In addition, the company appointed Vineet Goel, a seasoned GPU engineer from AMD, after hiring a variety of prominent GPU engineers, architects and other technologies in Team Red.

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