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Even though Intel Corp. is not really concentrated on driving innovation in the fireld of computer graphics, the company cannot ignore demands of its customers and thus continues to improve its built-in graphics cores. The next-gen Ivy Bridge will bring support for DirectX 11 and Haswell will even feature DirectX 11.1 capabilities. Moreover, Intel will continue to certify its graphics cores with software developers to address the market of professional apps.

Intel's microprocessors with integrated graphics engines will get DirectX 11 support only in March or April next year, when the world's largest maker of chips introduces its Ivy Bridge-series of microprocessors with code-named Carlow graphics core with presumably 16 execution units (stream processors). While Intel is clearly late to DirectX 11 party, things may get better with DirectX 11.1. According to a slide, which resembles those from Intel's documents, Intel's code-named Haswell chips due in 2013 will sport Denlow graphics core with DirectX 11.1 and OpenGL 3.2+ support.

The slide was published by

Improved feature-set of graphics processing unit will help Intel to offer user experience comparable to that provided by Advanced Micro Devices' Fusion-series accelerated processing units, many of which sport desktop-class graphics engines. Unfortunately, Intel does not seem to support OpenGL 4.1 even in 2013, hence, some things that require latest OpenGL APIs may not work.

Providing excellent visual experience is definitely an important thing for Intel. Yet another important thing is addressing the market of professional graphics applications with built-in graphics cores. Even Core i-series "Sandy Bridge" chips are certified for nine professional applications, Ivy Bridge is projected to receive certifications for another eight (including ProEngineer, Maya, 3ds Max, Softimage XSI and so on) apps and Haswell is projected to be certified to work with another three. It is unknown how many professionals actually use Intel's integrated graphics instead of AMD FirePro or Nvidia Quadro for work, but ability to use certain programs clearly expands market opportunities for Intel's chips.

Intel did not comment on the news-story.

Tags: Intel, Ivy Bridge, Haswell, Bromolow, Carlow, Denlow, 22nm, DirectX, OpenGL


Comments currently: 14
Discussion started: 08/04/11 07:42:37 PM
Latest comment: 02/25/12 02:10:03 AM
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11.1? Are you serious? We still only have a handful of games that are built from DX10 up (anything that runs on XP = not DX10). Almost all games on PC are DX9 with DX10 or DX11 features added on top and we all know we can thank consoles for this. However to add support for 11.1 is pointless. First of all by the time games are actually natively DX11 (keep in mind even BF3 is not native DX11, it's DX10 with DX11 features)the CPU will be outdated and when DX11.1 is being used this IGP would never be able to run them. This is what you call number marketing, even though it is new technology (or superset of DX11/10) it will never be used. I'm not saying anything about Ivy as a whole, just the DX11.1 part.
1 3 [Posted by: LedHed  | Date: 08/04/11 07:42:37 PM]

Hmmm. Notice how their CPU roadmap in 2012 still says OS: Windows 7 and not Windows 7/8 or Windows 8 but instead 2013 OS: says Windows 8. I wonder if Intel knows something everyone else doesn't know yet in regards to Windows 8 release. Also by the looks of things it looks like DirectX 11 is hanging around much longer then expected considering Intel is going with DirectX 11.1 which seems to hint that Windows 8 will come with DirectX 11.1 instead of DirectX 12.
0 2 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 08/04/11 09:57:49 PM]

Intel & Pro Graphics always makes me laugh. Good lick service by Anton Shilov.
3 5 [Posted by: bereft  | Date: 08/05/11 12:47:59 AM]

What good is it if the Intel drivers do not pay ..
0 2 [Posted by: tafreire  | Date: 08/05/11 06:02:47 PM]

Intel does not cater to the professional graphics market at all.

The drivers on Windows 7 are actually incompatible with color management without hacking by the user. (Lookup tables reset on various occasions.)

They need to focus on fixing bugs rather than getting the highest scores on gaming sites if they want to address this market.
2 0 [Posted by: CSMR  | Date: 08/07/11 05:01:20 AM]

I doubt that Haswel's integrated graphics will be more powerful than a low-end graphics card (I guess a Radeon HD 8450/9540 or GeForce 620/720) by the time it launches. Intel has never taken integrated graphics seriously, and even when they have said to, their integrated graphics end up rivaling low-end graphics cards by the time reviews show up. I won't be surprised if Ivy Bridge ends up being as powerful as a Radeon HD 6450.
2 0 [Posted by: DirectXtreme  | Date: 08/07/11 12:51:00 PM]

Intel integrated graphics can't run any games now let alone add DX11.
1 1 [Posted by: bbo320  | Date: 08/07/11 01:47:35 PM]
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False. it seems you havent tested New Intel integrated Graphics. It will Run, so whats the purpose of having an Benchmark Article AMD LLano Benchmark if Intel Integrated wont Run. Please check Benchmark Llano with Intel Integrated Graphics
1 1 [Posted by: xentar  | Date: 08/07/11 07:54:34 PM]

Intel has the worlds WORST Graphics... full stop.. always will always has and will never improve above the lowest end AMD, and Nvidia products
2 0 [Posted by: vid_ghost  | Date: 08/07/11 04:12:27 PM]

Wake up guys!
Intel's talking about workstation applications here - not games.
Radeon and GeForce cards are actually very poor performers in this field because they have been deliberately crippled. Have you tried to use a GeForce 580 or Radeon 5870 for Pro/Engineer or SolidWorks? Apparently not because they are horrible!!!
Just by NOT crippling their GPU's then Intel will actually be able to deliver worthwhile performance to workstation users.

0 0 [Posted by: mjoelner  | Date: 02/25/12 02:10:03 AM]


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