Koduri will begin work at Intel in December, presumably after his sabbatical. As for exactly what he’ll be doing, that’s a bit unclear at the moment. In announcing their Core and Visual Computing Group, Intel spoke in broad and vague terms:
“Billions of users today enjoy computing experiences powered by Intel’s leading cores and visual computing IP. Going forward under Koduri’s leadership, the company will unify and expand differentiated IP across computing, graphics, media, imaging and machine intelligence capabilities for the client and data center segments, artificial intelligence, and emerging opportunities like edge computing.”
It is apparent Intel has big ambitions for both integrated and high-end discrete graphics solutions; to what end Intel will be expanding, exactly, is hard to say. This news, in addition to their newly minted deal with AMD to bring a collaborative mobile chip to market, seems to signify that Intel is ready to claw some market share away from nVidia. As we move ever closer to the end of the year, 2018 is shaping up to be very interesting, especially in the realm of PC graphics.