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Keeping Intel Customers at the Forefront of Graphics Technology

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I am proud to say that Intel is once again among the first wave of graphics platforms suppliers with drivers certified for the Vulkan* 1.1 specification, the advanced Vulkan APIs recently announced by the Khronos Group.*

The Khronos Group’s certification of the Vulkan 1.1 specification for multiple Intel graphics platforms is certified on the latest four generations of Intel® Core™ processors. This specification is the newest instance of industry 3D APIs offering access to graphics and compute functions in a highly-efficient manner. With this specification, application developers gain fine-grain control of the GPU so they can maximize performance and provide a uniform user experience across different GPUs and operating systems. It also introduces baseline support for virtual reality, advanced compute functionality, and YCbCr color space functions aiding compression for video applications.

Intel has been a top contributor to standards-based native Linux open source graphics drivers for almost a decade and continues to be the only graphics platform vendor with completely open source drivers certified for top specs of all three industry-defined 3D APIs. By giving customers early access to driver source code, integration activities can start much sooner, helping developers stay ahead of emerging trends and launch products faster. An open source development methodology also encourages OEMs and system builders to experiment with the most advanced features on a full range of Intel platforms while maintaining complete control of their entire software stack.

Intel Open Source 3D Graphics Drivers are among the most widely deployed driver stacks in the industry. The latest version of our drivers are integrated into Clear Linux* OS for Intel® Architecture. They will also be integrated seamlessly into upcoming releases of all major Linux client distributions, including Google Chromebooks* featuring the Google Play Store*, as well as laptops running Alibaba’s AliOS*, Valve’s SteamOS*, and many other Linux distributions serving tens of millions of people worldwide.

We are committed to providing leading-edge technologies across Intel platforms, including fully open source drivers. It’s very exciting to see such a vibrant community of developers collaborate to deliver the driver that all major Linux distributions use today. Learn more about Intel graphics for Linux and join our community at


Imad Sousou
Corporate Vice President
General Manager, Intel Open Source Technology Center

Imad Sousou is corporate vice president in the Software and Services Group at Intel Corporation and general manager of the Intel Open Source Technology Center, a position he’s held since its founding in 2003. Sousou is responsible for leading Intel's efforts in open source software across technologies and market segments: cloud operating system (OS) development, enterprise Linux and related technologies such as power and performance optimization, virtualization (KVM and Xen), FPGAs, and graphics; and core IoT system software such as Robot OS and Dronecode. The Center also focuses on enabling client OS stacks for Intel architecture, and developing custom OSes such as Yocto, Clear Linux, and Zephyr, as well as Linux kernel and related technologies designed to improve developer experience and web platform technologies on top of client systems. He sits on the board of directors at the OpenStack Foundation, the Open Connectivity Foundation, and Dronecode; he is on the advisory board for the Core Infrastructure Initiative at The Linux Foundation.

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