Support for the new GPU architecturre from Intel - termed by Intel as the "next generation Graphics Media Accelerator Family" - is now available is some Summit Series products (2D only now, 3D later). The "GMA Family" has GPU models for both laptops and desktops, with or without TCL (Transform, Clipping, and Lightng) support. The architecture is considerably different from those of the newer ATI and Nvidia GPUs, which promises (according to Intel) better scalability, and easier driver upgrades as new features are added to the architectue.
The mobile versions of the i965 have lvds support, use less power, etc., and are also available with hardware TCL support. The laptop version is termed the "Mobile Intel® GM965 Express", featuring the Mobile Intel® Graphics Media Accelereator X3100". They also can be used with an ADD2 card to drive two digital monitors or one DualLink monitor, in addition to the embedded monitor connector.
The i965 GPUs do not have internal graphics memory like the graphics units from ATI, Matrox, and Nvidia. Instead the graphics hardware shares system RAM memory, and is integrated with a Graphics Memory Controller Hub (GMCH) that can allocate (and release) memory for graphics (up to 384 MB in the case of the hardware TCL versions) as the graphics unit needs it. The memory also has some enhancements designed to reduce latency and overhead.
From Xi Graphics' view, the I965 is a nice step up in performance. The added 3D support hardware is especially welcome, and will enable these GPUs move into many more UNIX/Linux systems, and at lower cost than the typical add-in graphics cards
Economical notebooks and desktops, too, that have GMA embedded, can now provide very fast 2D performance and respectible OpenGL performance with the Summit PX or VX Series. While it is not a "gamer GPU", by any means - and when using the Xorg -compatible graphics drivers provided by Intel its performance is, shall we say, sub-optimal. With Accelerated-X, it is swift, very powerful, and probably won't melt the computer.
"Graphics Media Accelerator" graphics follows "Extreme Graphics 2" and "Extreme Graphics"
GMA is now supported in Summit Series
DualLink GMA support for large digital monitors can be found in the TX Series.
ATC system with 2Kx2K digital monitors can be supported by GMA in TX Series
Notebooks/Laptops with GMA now have support in new PX Series