DailyTech recently come across a recent Intel roadmap
that reveals details on the next generation integrated graphics core through
2007 until the launch
of Bearlake. The graphics core
will be integrated in the upcoming G965 chipset that is part of the 96x family. The
roadmap shows the graphics core will be Microsoft Windows Vista Premium compatible
with support for Aero Glass.
According to Microsoft’s
Vista requirements, a DirectX 9 class graphics processor with support for
hardware pixel shader 2.0 and 32 bits per pixel is required for Vista Premium
for Aero Glass windows. Intel's G965 is currently slated to launch in August
2006, approximately a month after the launch of the other 965 chipsets.
This delay has in part been attributed to Microsoft's unfirm specifications at
the time G965 was being spun.
Intel's most recent roadmap also claims there will be native support for HDMI
as well which means the graphics core will also have some level of HDCP compliance.
Additionally, there will be support for what Intel calls "Clear Video
Technology" which is Intel’s branding for the video-processing engine. Judging
by Intel’s Viiv initiative and support for HDMI we expect the upcoming graphics
core to accelerate high definition video formats used by HD-DVD and online
video streaming services.
The new graphics core hasn’t received a name yet, though we expect Intel to
abandon the Graphics Media Accelerator name as Intel has a knack of only using
the same name for two graphics core revisions (Intel Extreme Graphics, Intel
Extreme Graphics 2, Graphics Media Accelerator 900, Graphics Media Accelerator
quote: I'm just not sure what the point would be, since ATI and nVIDIA are so strong in that market and have such a broad product offering. What could Intel bring to the table to differentiate their product from the others?