Intel has inadvertently released test graphics driver version 126.96.36.19999 for NUC systems based on 11th Gen Core processors, which contains information about future discrete graphics cards, as well as new integrated graphics for future generations of the manufacturer’s processors.
In particular, the driver contains information about support for discrete Intel DG3 graphics processors, which will replace DG2 chips (Arc Alchemist series of video cards). The new chips appear in the company’s internal documents under the codename “Elasti”.
The driver files also mention future Intel processors codenamed Raptor Lake (RPLS), Meteor Lake (MTL), Arrow Lake (ARL), and Lunar Lake (LNL) along with their corresponding Device PCI IDs for their integrated graphics. So far, none of the specified series of processors has been officially presented.
It looks like the driver itself was released two days ago. Judging by the fact that it contains data on only two versions of the DG3 graphics chip, this series of GPUs is still in development and will appear in desktop and mobile video cards codenamed Arc Battlemage very soon.
The driver files also confirm the on-board graphics configurations for future Intel processors. With each generation of chips after Alder Lake, the manufacturer will double the number of execution units in iGPU processors. Thus, up to 192 execution graphics units will be included in the “build-in” of Meteor Lake processors, and up to 384 execution units in Arrow Lake chips.
Earlier it was reported that the names of some models of discrete Arc Alchemist video cards, which will be presented by the manufacturer next year, were also found in the files of the Intel graphics driver.