Intel is planning to launch a new graphics driver for the next generation of its Core architecture in the first half of 2019, according to an internal slide seen by The Register.
The slide, which was seen by CNET Australia, said the new graphics code would be a significant leap forward over the current driver, which is based on the current Intel Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture.
The GCN architecture has been in use for a few years now, with Intel adding features like higher-quality textures and better-performing shading in its CPUs and GPUs.
It is also used in Intel chips like the Xeon processor family, which runs on the Xeon E5 family.
In the slide, Intel indicated that the new code would include support for DirectX 12 and Vulkan, as well as other high-level APIs that were not supported in the current version of the drivers.
Intel has been quietly rolling out new versions of its graphics drivers for some time now, including one for Intel-based Macs in March 2017 that made significant improvements to the Intel Graphics Acceleration Toolkit, or GAUT, the standard for supporting OpenGL and DirectX 12.
That software has since been superseded by a newer version of Intel’s drivers, called Intel Graphics Graphics Driver Software (IGD) 5.3.
As well as the new GCN-based drivers, Intel also announced that it would be building a new version of its Advanced Micro Devices graphics driver, called AMD’s Advanced Micro Architecture for Graphics (AMAF), which will replace the GCN drivers.
The new AMAF driver will be released in the second half of 2018.AMD has not yet commented on the new AMAC drivers.
The new graphics drivers will be the second major step in Intel’s move to improve its image quality and performance, with the company also announcing a number of other changes to its graphics technology in the past year.