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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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By smilingcrow on 5/29/2006 7:57:12 AM , Rating: 2
Intel has one advantage over ATI & nVidia in that it brings newer fabrication processes on-line quicker than just about anybody and in massive volumes. If for example Intel could fabricate GPUs on 65nm whilst the competitors are still on 90nm, that gives it a big advantage in the areas of cost, power consumption & clock speeds. But, they’d still need a good design, as AMD have proved in recent years; the quality of your fabs is not the most important part of the mix.

By chrnochime on 5/29/2006 2:17:12 PM , Rating: 2
I'd assume this new G965 still might not be powerful enough to run 720p h/x264 videos, let alone 720p wmv HD? I wonder when will we ever be able to buy mb with integrated graphics that can do at least 720p h/x264...

By smilingcrow on 5/29/2006 2:50:57 PM , Rating: 2
You don’t need hardware H.264 acceleration support if you have pretty much any of the dual-core CPUs on the market. You only need that if you have a low to mid range single-core CPU. nVidia’s 6150 chipset for AMD supports H.264 acceleration; I’m not sure if their next generation chipset for Intel will offer the same!

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