Intel launches the ARC A-Series family of discrete graphics cards for mobile devices

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March 30, 2022 – Intel today launched its family of Intel Arc graphics products for laptops. These are the first discrete GPUs in Intel’s Arc A-Series range, which will cover laptops, desktops and workstations this year. Intel highlighted the Arc A-Series family of mobile graphics products, the first laptops built on Intel Arc, and Arc’s hardware, software, and services platform that will enable gamers and developers around the world to deliver powerful experience graphics.

Intel Arc A series mobile graphics family

Intel Arc A-series graphics cards will power a wide range of mobile designs, with many of the early Arc 3 graphics products ending up in Intel® EvoTM machines. The latter come with an initial offering of two products: the A350M for ultra-thin designs and the A370M for more performance in thin and light designs.

• Intel Arc 3 products offer an enhanced 1080p gaming experience and advanced content creation. Arc A370M-based notebooks deliver over 60 fps at 1080p across a range of popular titles1.

• Intel Arc 5 and Intel Arc 7 products will offer the same state-of-the-art content creation capabilities combined with increased graphics and processing power. These GPUs will have more Xe cores, more ray tracing, and more GDDR6 memory compared to Arc 3 products.

• The first wave of laptops with Arc 3 graphics solutions are available for pre-order now, with Arc 5 and Arc 7 laptops available in early summer. Intel Arc graphics cards for desktops and dedicated cards will be available this summer.

Intel launches the ARC A-Series family of discrete graphics cards for mobile devices

The first laptops with Intel Arc Graphics

Many of the first laptops with Intel Arc will be Intel Evo models, powered by the latest 12th Gen Intel Core processors, allowing users to get the best of thin and light devices with Wi-Fi 6, remarkable responsiveness and battery life get out. The additional power of Intel Arc graphics will unlock new and improved gaming and creative capabilities in mobile form factors. You can find more information about our OEM partner systems in our introductory video.

Xe high-performance graphics microarchitecture

All products with Intel Arc A-Series GPUs are based on Intel’s new Xe High Performance Graphics (HPG) microarchitecture, or Xe HPG for short, designed from the ground up for gamers and developers. Intel Xe HPG technologies enable the Intel Arc graphics solution to deliver breakthrough performance, efficiency, and scalability. Its characteristics are as follows:

  • Powerful Xe cores with integrated Intel Xe Matrix Extensions (XMX) AI engines provide 16x the computing power of traditional GPU vector units to perform AI inference operations. Increased processing capacity helps improve performance for productivity, gaming, and creative workloads.
  • The Xe Media Engine supports acceleration for most codecs and video standards, and includes hardware-accelerated AV1 encoding and decoding, an industry first. AV1 is up to 50% more efficient than today’s most popular codec, H.264, and 30% more efficient than H.265.
  • Ready for high-resolution, high-refresh-rate HDR displays, the Xe’s display engine supports the latest standards, including Display Port 2 for uncompressed 4K at 120Hz.

Intel launches the ARC A-Series family of discrete graphics cards for mobile devices

Gaming Technologies and Partnerships

All Intel Arc GPUs, from Intel Arc 3 to Intel Arc 7, will fully support DirectX 12 Ultimate and advanced gaming technologies like hardware-accelerated ray tracing, Xe Super Sampling (XeSS), and Direct Storage.

  • DirectX 12 Ultimate technologies include ray tracing, variable rate shading, mesh shading and sampling feedback.
  • Intel’s XeSS AI-powered image upscaling technology is used to dramatically improve gaming performance and, for example, run a game at a 4K resolution with comparable performance to native 1080p.
  • Intel is committed to providing out-of-the-box Day-0 drivers and is working with game studios around the world to ensure next-gen titles are optimized for Intel Arc GPUs and technologies like XeSS.
  • XeSS will be launched this summer and will be supported by more than 20 games. Intel plans to open the XeSS SDK and tools for anyone to implement, which will ensure industry-wide acceptance of a wide range of software and hardware.

Intel Deep Link

Every Intel Arc mobile platform supports Intel’s Deep Link Technology, which allows Arc GPUs to work seamlessly with Intel’s CPUs and integrated graphics to boost performance for gaming, creation, and streaming thanks to the following features:

  • Hyper Encode – Hyper Encode combines media engines from across the platform to accelerate video encoding workloads by up to 60% over the performance of Iris Xe graphics solutions alone.
  • Hyper Compute – Hyper Compute similarly leverages the combined power of AI compute engines found across the Intel platform, from Intel Core processors, integrated Iris Xe graphics to Intel Arc GPUs, to power a variety Accelerate new workloads.
  • Dynamic Power Share – Dynamic Power Share automatically and intelligently prioritizes engine performance based on workload, sending more power to the Intel Core processor or Intel Arc graphics product as needed, boosting performance in creative and compute-intensive applications by up to 30% is increased.

Intel Arc Graphics Community Experience

Intel is working with the community and partners to create a growing portfolio of enhanced games and multimedia applications that will be available to Intel Arc Graphics customers through special introductory offers.

  • Bundles vary by system and region, but the first bundles for gamers and developers will launch in April with the launch of the A-Series mobile products.
  • Intel will provide the Arc community with a constant stream of competitions and promotions such as monthly loot drops and play-to-win events.
  • In addition, Intel offers the Intel Arc Control app, a seamless interface and an all-in-one hub that gives users complete control over the gaming experience. It offers custom power profiles, integrated streaming, a virtual camera and an integrated game ON driver download, automatic game recording and much more. Intel Arc Control supports Intel Iris Xe, Intel Iris Xe MAX and Arc GPUs for a consistent software experience.

Developer Resources

Intel provides advanced cross-architecture oneAPI tools that allow game developers and content creators to unlock the unique capabilities of Intel CPUs and Arc GPUs and optimize applications for maximum visual performance.

  • Analyze and optimize graphic sticking points. Use Intel® Graphics Performance Monitors to profile graphics and gaming applications and extend profiling capabilities with ray tracing, system-level profiling, and XeSS capabilities.
  • Accelerate media processing and streaming of cloud games. The oneAPI Video Processing Library (oneVPL) supports hardware AV1 encoding and decoding as well as Deep Link via Hyper Encode APIs and enables fast transcoding when using multiple Intel accelerators on one platform.
  • Accelerate compute-intensive tasks. With Intel® VTuneTM Profiler, developers can see which parts of CPU and GPU code are taking the most time, visualize thread behavior to quickly find concurrency issues, and more.
  • Integrate AI and machine learning into games. The Intel® Game Dev AI Toolkit provides a wide range of AI capabilities, from immersive world creation to game object-like real-time broadcast visualizations.
  • Additional resources are available through the Intel® Game Dev Program and Intel® Create.
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