Intel's fourth generation GMA graphics
core will soon be upon us. G965 is a part of the Broadwater series of
chipsets and is due to be released during this quarter. The
integrated G965 chipset will be aimed at entry-level and mid-level
PCs backing Intel's Viiv initiative.
The graphics core will be a huge step
up in performance from current GMA900/GM950 graphics cores currently
in circulation, but will will likely still not touch integrated
offerings from ATI and NVIDIA. That being said, increased graphics
performance is not
the only thing being brought to the table with G965:
Intel’s G965 integrated chipset will
feature “Intel Clear Video Technology,” which provides improved
3D multimedia capabilities including DirectX9, Shader Model 3.0,
OpenGL 1.5, Advanced De-interlacing, MPEG-2 hardware acceleration and
HDMI (high definition multimedia interface) output, the sources said.
The G965 series also supports WMV9B high-definition video streams and
the ProcAmp API, the sources added.
Our EIC, Kristopher Kubicki, was back in Taiwan last week getting some of the details on the new core logic. Apparently, all G965 shipments were originally delayed in order to assure the core would achieve Vista certification on all levels. However, with Vista delayed until next year, the push for DirectX10 support and H.264 acceleration fell to the back burner.