Intel Is Staffing A Design Team For A Revolutionary New Processor Core

When AMD released its first Zen-based processors this past spring, which came to us in the form of Ryzen, it'd be an understatement to say that the company had a lot riding on them. Post-launch, it was clear that AMD succeeded in its goal of making the battlefield competitive again. The launch wasn't without incident, but the fruits of the release are what matter.

It's largely believed that because Ryzen has proven so good, it's forced Intel's hand at expediting the release of some of its upcoming products. The Core X series just launched a few weeks ago, giving Intel yet another edge in the performance lead over AMD - at least clock-for-clock and core-for-core. Where AMD still shines is with its price points, often providing a lot more threads for just a bit more cash.

The fact that Intel had Core X ready to launch so soon after Ryzen is fortunate for the company, although for the time-being, its costs are keeping it out of the hands of most of the mainstream audience, something that could change when Kaby Lake-X chips launch, due this summer.

With AMD proving to be apt competition of late, Intel has begun amping itself up for the future (not that this was caused by AMD). In a new job posting, the company is looking for an engineer to join its Hillsboro, Oregon team, building what the company merely calls its "next-generation core", or NGC for short.

Intel plans for this person to help "build a revolutionary microprocessor core to power the next decade of computing and create experiences we have yet to dream up", which sounds great to us. At the moment, the desktop / notebook processor landscape is interesting again, after a long drought. To see Intel planning for some revolutionary parts is great to see, and likewise, it's good to know that AMD has its Zen2 and future parts already well in the development stages. The next few years should prove very interesting on the microprocessor front.

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