Intel has once again delayed the release window of its highly anticipated first generation Arc desktop graphics cards. While the CPU maker still plans to release the GPUs in Q2, most Arc-series desktop cards won’t launch until later this summer.
Intel’s vice president and general manager for the Visual Compute Group, Lisa Pearce, wrote that Intel plans to launch its first desktop GPUs in China with some caveats. Only entry-level Arc 3 graphics cards will be released, and these components will only be made available to Chinese system builders and OEMs before expanding to self-builders and a global market.
The more powerful Arc 5 and Arc 7 desktop boards are expected to launch “later this summer”, according to Intel.
Intel also shared more information about laptops equipped with its Arc graphics cards. Currently, its laptop chips are exclusive to Samsung, with South Korea being the only market selling the laptops, but Intel hopes to expand to other manufacturers and markets soon.
According to Intel, software development and supply chain issues are the reasons for the delays. The tech giant is looking to release laptops with the Arc 3 GPU “as soon as possible” and is working closely with several manufacturers, including Asus, HP and Lenovo, to make these products.
This news comes a few months after Intel announced a roadmap for its GPUs, noting that the Arc series will launch first in laptops in Q1, then in desktops in Q2, followed by products. workstation in the third trimester. With desktop GPUs not expected to hit Western markets until at least the end of the summer, it will be interesting to see how supply performs for the Arc series. Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger said last week that he expects the chip shortage to last until 2024.
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