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Intel® Embedded Graphics Drivers FAQ

Gold new feature release

1.  When did the Intel® Embedded Graphics Drivers 10.4 gold release occur?


The Intel Embedded Graphics Drivers 10.4 gold release (build 1839) was released in February 2011. Customers can download it from the Intel® Premier Support web site or from the Hardware Developer web site.


2.  What features are new in the Intel Embedded Graphics Drivers 10.4 gold release?



New features in Intel Embedded Graphics Drivers 10.4 include:


  • Added multi-graphics processing unit (GPU) multi-monitor (formerly hybrid graphics) support for platforms based on the Intel® Atom™ processor Z5xx plus Intel® System Controller Hub US15 chipset and external x1 PCI Express* graphics card. Refer to Implementing Multiple Displays with Intel Embedded Graphics Drivers Multi-GPU – Multi-Monitor Mode on Intel® Atom™ Processor with Intel® System Controller Hub US15W Chipset for additional details.
  • New Linux* AV_AUTOPAINT_COLORKEY option integrated for AV, which prevents erasure of other contents displayed in the desktop area. Intel Embedded Graphics Drivers 10.4 continues to automatically draw the colorkey before displaying the first video frame.
  • Enabled driver support for all low-voltage differential-signaling (LVDS) panels with a data enable (DE) signal and data enable mode supported by Intel Embedded Graphics Drivers.
  • Approximately tripled the boot/Intel® Boot Loader Development Kit (Intel® BLDK) splash screen size with the embedded pre-OS graphics (EPOG) driver by implementing support of eight bits per pixel .BPM format (originally was 24 bpp .BMP).
  • Full-screen display of 1280 x 720 (720p), 1600 x 900, 1920 x 1080 (1080i and 1080p) resolutions in all officially supported Windows* and Linux Intel Embedded Graphics Drivers operating systems now achieved via internal video graphics array (VGA) and/or internal LVDS display controllers. This occurs as long as chipset hardware supports necessary pixel rate for desired resolution. Some Intel Embedded Graphics Drivers chipsets do not have integrated VGA or LVDS. Check the Intel Embedded Graphics Drivers Feature Matrix for available internal display controller(s).
  • Included VA API in Intel Embedded Graphics Drivers to allow a vaPutSurface equivalent targeting video surface output as a pixmap pointer as opposed to a drawable window.
  • Increased DisplayID functionality; X and Y resolution settings now function equivalently via DisplayID (DID) or via extended DisplayID (EDID) files.
  • Enhanced Configuration EDitor (CED) application allows DisplayID settings to have priority over INF file settings. When DisplayID is available on the LVDS port, all attributes in DisplayID override any similar settings in the INF file.
  • Hardware accelerated video-to-video memory GDI-Alphablending support added.
  • Removed the following mature operating systems from Intel Embedded Graphics Drivers 10.4 validated support:
    • Fedora* 7 (kernel 2.6.21 – 1.3194 and X.Org 7.2), Red Hat Linux (kernel 2.6.23, X.Org 7.2, X server 1.3), Ubuntu* MID 8.04, Wind River Linux (kernel 2.6.21, X.Org 7.2, X server 1.3), and Windows CE 5.0.
    • These operating systems are no longer officially validated as of Intel Embedded Graphics Drivers 10.4.
    • Customers interested in using any of these operating systems are urged to download and use Intel Embedded Graphics Drivers 10.3.1 gold. Intel Embedded Graphics Drivers 10.3.1 build 1550 was the final fully validated version of Intel Embedded Graphics Drivers that was validated against these older/mature operating systems.



See the Intel Embedded Graphics Drivers release notes, user guide, product brief, and feature matrix for additional details about this release.


3.  Does Intel Embedded Graphics Drivers 10.4 support multi-threading?


The driver fundamentally supports multi-threading. However some functions may not be multi-thread capable. Multi-threading in many instances is dependent on the software (OS/application) as well as the hardware (multi-processor/multi-thread capable) support capabilities. For example, hardware video acceleration is designed as a single pipeline and, although you can feed a single stream with multiple videos in it, you cannot interrupt the current thread in order to service another video decode thread/stream.


4.  When did the Intel Embedded Graphics Drivers 10.3.1 release occur?


The Intel Embedded Graphics Drivers 10.3.1 gold release (build 1550) was released in March 2010. It can be downloaded from Intel Premier Support or from the Hardware Developer web site.


5.  What features are new in the Intel Embedded Graphics Drivers 10.3.1 release?



The Intel Embedded Graphics Drivers 10.3.1 gold release (build 1550) was a general release and was posted accordingly to the question and answer database (QuAD) and Intel EDC in March 2010. It is intended for all customers. This version contains all the new features and capabilities delivered with previous versions (10.1, 10.2, and 10.3) of Intel Embedded Graphics Drivers.


In addition, this release contains the following new features and capabilities:



  • Graphics driver support for the Intel Atom processor 400 and 500 series (system-on-a-chip (SoC)) for the following operating systems:
    • Microsoft: Windows XP (SP3), Windows XP Embedded (SP3), Windows Embedded* for point of service, Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2
      • Includes DirectDraw* (DirectX* 9.0c, DirectX 8.1, DirectX 3)
      • Includes Direct3D* (DirectX 9.0c, DirectX 8.1) and DirectX Texture Compression (DXTC)
    • Linux: Fedora 10 (kernel 2.6.27, X.Org 1.5)
      • Includes OpenGL* 1.4
    • DOS support (IBM PC 2000*, Microsoft MS 6.22*)
  • Both 2-D and 3-D graphics support is delivered by Intel Embedded Graphics Drivers 10.3.1 gold for the Intel Atom processor 400 and 500 series. Refer to the Intel Embedded Graphics Drivers 10.3.1 Feature Matrix under the Intel Atom processor 400/500 series column and Intel Atom processor 400/500 series datasheet for a list of all features supported by Intel Embedded Graphics Drivers.

    Note: Customers using the Intel Atom processor 400/500 series must use Intel Embedded Graphics Drivers version 10.3.1 or later.

  • Registry key set by default to enable software rendering for user interface content based on the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) graphical subsystem. This allows for better WPF rendering performance and lower CPU utilization; for the Intel System Controller Hub US15W chipset only.
  • Multi-GPU multi-monitor support, defined as a PCI- and PCI Express-based graphics card operating concurrently with Intel® chipsets’ integrated graphics, is supported fully with Intel Embedded Graphics Drivers and the Intel Q45/G41/G45 and GM45/GL40/GS45 chipsets. Please refer to Intel’s white paper titled “Hybrid Multi-monitor Support; Enabling new usage models for Intel® Embedded Platforms.”



Review the user guide for additional details. This release also contains fixes for many issues described in the Intel Embedded Graphics Drivers 10.3.1 specification update (errata) document. For more information, refer to the 10.3.1 user guide in the driver package or visit premier.intel.com.