Intel injects some growth hormones into its GMA IGP

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. 

Even now, Intel is still the largest graphics manufacturer -- even if it is all integrated chipsets.  We will have a lot more on G965 in the next few weeks. 

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