Intel roadmap leaked for SoC with Ivy Bridge graphics

Mar 24, 2012 by Nancy Owano report

(PhysOrg.com) -- Bridges, trails, piers, and trees are familiar territory words for world travelers but for Intel workers they are more importantly code words and a number of them that are planted on the Intel roadmap have leaked. According to recent reports, Intel plans a Valley View Atom chip that has Ivy Bridge graphics. Intel's insider description of the new Valley View is as a "CedarView-like chip but with an Ivy Bridge graphics core."

Valley View is seen as a major upgrade in the wings to the Atom platform and the details have been widely circulated on blogs and tech news sites. VLV, the shortened name for the Valley View Atom, is said to be at the heart of Intel's future-generation low-power, low-cost platform. The release will support Intel's ability to tout better in . The release date is expected some time next year.

The most talked-about feature in Intel-watching blogs and forums appears to be centered on the Ivy Bridge graphics core, which will boost support for HD video and in future Atom processors, and will improve on support for Linux-based operating systems.

One site noted the potential of Ivy Bridge graphics is that it will be twenty to fifty percent faster than Sandy Bridge. Accordinbg to the leaked slides, the Valley View processor belongs to a chipset that is code-named Balboa Pier, Other details indicate a fanless Valley View system with up to 8GB of RAM, USB 3.0, and up to four times the graphical performance of previous Atoms,

Still more details that emerged: The Atom Valley View processor will have integrated "Pondicherry" memory arbiter as well as Ivy Bridge and will support output to two DisplayPort monitors, one panel, and other outputs.

Comments from tech blogs have also noted that, based on the details, signs are that the chip will ditch third-party graphics and instead use Intel's in-house integrated that is in Ivy Bridge. Last month, Michael Larabel of Phoronix reported that Intel was planning to drop PowerVR Graphics in future-generation SoCs. "With in-house graphics hopefully leveraging their existing and mature driver code-base, they would also be able to have an advantage on the driver side, especially if the support is available to everyone as open-source."

The question, say observers, is if is really planning all this star-quality power for technology that will go into market-sluggish netbooks. The flip side of the question, as some suggest, is that the new Valley View Atom will revive marketplace attraction toward netbooks.

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frukc
2.3 / 5 (6) Mar 24, 2012
i doubt intel's new GPU will be competitive, like all previous their GPU's it will be at least 5 years behind competitors. intel is going ibm's way in wide steps. they gonna loose end-consumer market cos they don't care or don't understand what end-consumer needs.
instead of making radicaly new cpu architecture they keep veneer their dinasour - x86. instead of working closer with others, they choose to fence them of making better chipsets or gpu's for intel's platform - end-consumer looses options, intel looses end-consumer. and ARM performing better and better...
Vendicar_Decarian
4.2 / 5 (5) Mar 24, 2012
Intel isn't interested in the high end graphic chip market. They are interested in the mass marketing of in comparison median to low capacity graphic chips (relatively speaking).

I use the term "relatively" because their graphic chips will still be DX11 compliant, which is nothing to sneeze at, and more than adequate enough to play angry birds and provide superb 2d acceleration and good 3d graphic primitives.

Intel's goal is to provide a one chip solution for inexpensive, yet computationally powerful desktop and portable computers.
Exceptionally powerful and power hungry graphic capabilities are a combination that does not mesh with the needs of the majority of users.

"i doubt intel's new GPU will be competitive, like all previous their GPU's it will be at least 5 years behind competitors." - frukc
Vendicar_Decarian
2.9 / 5 (9) Mar 24, 2012
Very true, but the x86 archetecture is the reason for their massive presence in the marketplace. It is in their corporate interest to maintain the x86 instruction set as long as possible.

However, as you indicate it is not in the public's interest to do so.

This is another example of how corporate power not only limits the public's freedom of choice, but is an example of how that power can be used to stifle progress.

Do not forget that Intel has lost something like a dozen lawsuits in which the courts have decided that they had used illegal means to stifle competition through kickbacks, below cost pricing, and other anti-competitive practices.

"instead of making radicaly new cpu architecture they keep veneer their dinasour - x86." - Fukc
frukc
1.6 / 5 (5) Mar 24, 2012
Intel isn't interested in the high end graphic chip market. They are interested in the mass marketing of in comparison median to low capacity graphic chips (relatively speaking).


rich user experience - powerfull graphic, that's what users want. they don't need more of CPU power (maybe just to compensate droping 'code quality'). with new flash plugin developers can get to the raw power of GPU's in web browser enviroment. those users who wasn't into gaming, now will face 3d applications. and stuck with intel's GPU's (like laptops, notebooks...) they won't be happy to see, that even smartphones can deliver more. because intel GPU's are worse than 'low'.
if intel isn't interested in what users really needs... time will show...
dtxx
not rated yet Mar 24, 2012
I haven't heard Power VR chipsets mentioned since around the time of Sega Dreamcast and the old Voodoo add-in GPU cards.
Vendicar_Decarian
3 / 5 (2) Mar 25, 2012
Flash is dead. It exists as a legacy product and has no future. It is being replaced with HTML5.

"with new flash plugin developers can get to the raw power of GPU's in web browser enviroment." - Frukc