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Windows Vista Premium ready for G965

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 950).

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Aero Glass already supported by Intel 945GM
By Eug on 5/28/2006 11:18:41 PM , Rating: 3
Windows' Aero Glass is already supported by Intel's GMA 950 in their 945 chipsets.

I have already tried MS's Vista Upgrade Advisor and it has confirmed that Windows Vista Premium is supported on my MacBook (which has a Core Duo 2.0 GHz, Intel 945GM chipset, and GMA 950.



By IntelUser2000 on 5/29/2006 1:01:39 AM , Rating: 2
Intel's G965 3D features:
Pixel Shader 3.0 in Hardware(4.0 possible, Hardware 2.0 with GMA900, GMA950)
Vertex Shader 3.0 in Hardware(4.0 possible, Software 3.0 with GMA950)
Hardware T&L(GMA950=Software T&L)
Full precision FP operation support(GMA950=particial precision FP)

By IntelUser2000 on 5/29/2006 1:05:04 AM , Rating: 2
Rumors are that it has at least 2.67Gpixel/texel fillrate, by either:
667MHz core, 4 pixel pipeline
333MHz core, 8 pixel pipeline

But it may have 400MHz core, 8 pixel pipeline

DVMT 3.0 allows 256MB to be shared, compared to 128MB today.

There is 3x the transistor count in graphics core compared to GMA950.

Inquirer reports that Intel may go into gaming graphics, so this may be the start.

By shadowzz on 5/29/2006 3:47:48 AM , Rating: 2
this coming from the same guy that trusts the inquirer over anandtech.

By Eug on 5/29/2006 7:37:13 AM , Rating: 3
Yeah, G965 is better than GMA 950, but my point is that GMA 950 still supports full Windows Aero Glass. We are led to believe in the article that it does not, which is incorrect.

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