Intel this week initiated its product discontinuance plan for its Kaby Lake-G processors with on-package Radeon RX Vega graphics. The products will be available to order for about the next ten months from now. Considering the fact that very few OEMs actually adopted Intel’s Kaby Lake-G, the impact on PC makers should be minimal.

Intel advises its customers to make final orders for its Core i5-8305G, Core i7-8705G, Core i7-8706G, Core i7-8709G, and Core i7-8809G processors by January 31, 2020. All the shipments will be made by July 31, 2020.

Released in early 2018, the Kaby Lake-G processors with on-package Radeon RX Vega graphics featuring an HBM2 cache were meant to enable relatively compact systems to offer similar performance to a discrete GPU. The TDP of Intel’s Kaby Lake-G CPUs ended up at 65 W or 100 W, which essentially limited their market to 15.6-inch machines that are available from select manufacturers.

Intel has since released its Ice Lake processors with Iris Plus graphics that radically increases its own native performance when compared to typical integrated GPUs, which somewhat reduces appeal of the Kaby Lake-G CPUs. Furthermore, Intel has renewed focus on its own integrated and discrete graphics plans.

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  • imaheadcase - Tuesday, October 08, 2019 - link

    Kind of off topic, but is intel actually going to release that stand alone GPU they are working on, or is it going to be one of those "learning" experiences they often do to see if they can do it?

    As much effort they put into iGPU it would seem like a "easy" transition for them into that market. Even if they focused on midrange GPU cards vs highend.
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  • shabby - Tuesday, October 08, 2019 - link

    Think it's due next summer 🤞 Reply
  • name99 - Tuesday, October 08, 2019 - link

    aka one Intel Unit.
    As in "Fusion power is thirty Intel Units away" or "we should have flying cars in ten Intel Units".
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  • Slash3 - Tuesday, October 08, 2019 - link

    We should see more information at CES and then around summertime next year. There are a few articles floating around with more recent information about their targeted performance for mobile applications, but the rest is basically all speculation.

    eg., https://wccftech.com/intel-xe-gpu-architecture-2x-...

    Ignore anything related to Raja's Tesla license plate. Tech sites are somehow associating the date of his vehicle registration (the "June" tag) with a reveal date. I don't think people know how cars (or the DMV) work any more.
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  • PeachNCream - Tuesday, October 08, 2019 - link

    TDP was too high on these to make them appealing to begin with. The idea isn't a bad one though so maybe as Intel iterates and hopefully improves their iGPU, HBM can be used again to benefit performance on memory bandwidth starved integrated graphics. Reply
  • ltcommanderdata - Wednesday, October 09, 2019 - link

    The TDP was too high for laptops, but they seemed to have been perfect for 21.5" Retina iMacs which previously used Iris Pro equipped CPUs. Instead Apple surprisingly started giving 21.5" Retina iMacs discrete graphics. I wonder if there was some misunderstanding or disagreement between Intel and Apple on this? Reply
  • edzieba - Wednesday, October 09, 2019 - link

    It would mean splitting board designs for the same product, or abandoning offering a range of SKUs with different user-customisable GPU options. Reply
  • HStewart - Tuesday, October 08, 2019 - link

    I had a feeling this was planned from the start. Using AMD chip as a test for including graphics on the same EMiB and later replace with Intel Xe graphics.

    From the looks of the information next XPS 15 2in1 is likely this Spring.
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  • Korguz - Wednesday, October 09, 2019 - link

    " I had a feeling this was planned from the start. Using AMD chip as a test for including graphics on the same EMiB and later replace with Intel Xe graphics. "

    of course you did...
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  • HStewart - Wednesday, October 09, 2019 - link

    I believe if you search back, especially when Xe was announce that I did mention it. I know I mention possibility of NVidia in it - but that has yet to happen. Reply

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