Matrox Adopts Intel Alchemist GPUs for New Luma Graphics Playing cards

Whereas they’ve lengthy since given up creating GPUs, Matrox has remained a notable participant within the video card business for over 4 a long time. Lately, the corporate has settled right into a modest function of offering graphics playing cards based mostly on different distributors’ GPUs to be used in area of interest or boutique use circumstances, the place Matrox can differentiate based mostly on their software program and assist. And whereas their gross sales quantity as an entire is restricted, there is a sure diploma of validation that comes from Matrox tapping a vendor’s GPUs for his or her newest video playing cards.

To that finish, Intel this week has lastly earned their tip of the hat from the oldest of the video card distributors, with the announcement of a brand new collection of multi-monitor show playing cards constructed round Intel’s Alchemist structure GPUs. Matrox’s new Luma collection graphics playing cards are based mostly on Intel’s Arc A310 and A380 graphics {hardware}, with the area of interest video card maker seeking to faucet into the Alchemist’s class-leading video decoding and encoding capabilities, in addition to the show output options and suppleness which can be essential for a multi-display card.

Matrox Video’s Luma household of graphics boards consists of three merchandise: the full-sized single-slot Luma A380 based mostly on the Arc A380 (ACM-G11 with 1024 stream processors) with 6GB of reminiscence; the low-profile single-slot fanless Luma A310 based mostly on the Arc A310 (ACM-G11 with 768 stream processors) with 4GB of reminiscence; and the low-profile single-slot Luma A310F that’s geared up with a lively cooling system. 

All three Matrox Luma graphics playing cards have 4 DisplayPort 2.1 UHBR10 (40Gbps) outputs and thus can drive 4 4Kp144/5Kp60 displays (uncompressed, 4:4:4) or two 8Kp60 or 5Kp120 shows utilizing two of such ports for every shows. As for options, they provide the identical capabilities as different Intel Arc A310/A380-based choices, together with assist for DirectX 12 Final, OpenGL 4.6, Vulkan 1.3, and OpenCL 3.0 APIs, in addition to encoding and decoding of H.264, H.265, VP9, and AV1 video streams. As an added bonus, they preserve assist for Intel’s oneAPI for compute duties, in addition to the Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit for AI improvement.

All the Luma graphics playing cards eat not more than 75W and may be powered fully by way of a PCIe slot with none auxiliary energy connectors, and the A310-based choices are meant to suit into essentially the most compact PCs which can be on the market. Moreover, their single-slot design implies that upwards of a number of playing cards may be put in right into a single desktop PC for methods that must drive eight, 12, or extra displays.

In the meantime, it is fascinating to notice that whereas Matrox has not introduced the discontinuation of their earlier technology playing cards for these product segments – the NVIDIA based D-series and AMD-based M-series – when it comes to specs these new Intel playing cards ought to supplant the older playing cards in each manner. Intel’s DisplayPort 2.1 capabilities are seemingly the driving issue given Matrox’s meant area of interest, with NVIDIA specifically being boxed out by not together with DisplayPort 2.1 performance with their Ada Lovelace technology GPU structure.

Matrox Video’s Luma boards are aimed primarily on the medical, digital signage, management room, video wall, and industrial markets. The playing cards include a base three-year guarantee, which may be additional prolonged and a assured lifecycle of seven years, which is necessary for among the markets that they’re meant for. 

Different benefits Matrox’s Luma board supply embrace assist for Matrox’s PowerDesk software program developed to deal with unique multi-display configurations. 

Matrox didn’t announce costs of the boards, although given their orientation on business, skilled, and industrial purposes, they are going to be priced accordingly.

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