Intel is looking for more community aid from you: denizens of the internet that live and breath new tech. The company traditionally embroiled in x86 is embarking on a relatively new venture, aiming to build and ship an entire new graphics card by 2020, and is asking for you to offer your thoughts and feelings on how it should go about doing so.
Intel just announced, via the Intel Graphics Twitter account, its community-based program called ‘The Odyssey’. Through this community outreach, the company and its graphics team, led by Raja Koduri, hopes to “listen, engage, and bring along a genuinely passionate community on a journey into a better visual experience.”
Graphics card development tends to happen behind closed doors in R&D labs with the curtains drawn resolutely shut. While that’s almost certainly still the case even with Intel’s upcoming GPU architecture, the company seemingly wants to open its doors just a smidge to share hardware and software advancements, industry collaborations for gamers and content creators, and listen to what the community has to say.
Registration is open to all. You can find further information in the tweet below.
This is more than a journey. It is an Odyssey to improve visual computing experiences. But we can’t do it alone. We invite our community to join us. https://t.co/aj1vaq79vr #JoinTheOdyssey pic.twitter.com/s0uQcChWJ6
— Intel Graphics (@IntelGraphics) February 20, 2019
This isn’t the first time Intel has made an effort to talk with the community about its upcoming discrete graphics product. It recently took to Reddit for an Ask You Anything – a Q&A session in reverse. It didn’t hold much for hardware aficionados looking for a scoop, nor did it hold any promises to deliver on any of the discussed topics, but it did indicate Intel intends on heavily marketing its upcoming graphics card towards gamers.
While we don’t know exactly what Intel Xe will entail, Gregory Bryant announced at the JP Morgan Annual Tech Forum that the company’s discrete GPU tech is going to be based on the core IP used in its 10nm integrated graphics.
If you want to get involved further in the process, you can also sign up for a community event at GDC in San Francisco on March 20, 2019.