Intel: support for VESA Adaptive-Sync is a priority

Nov

16

2018

Intel has informed vice president Lisa Pearce that the support of VESA Adaptive-Sync is a priority. When this support becomes available and with which GPUs, it is still unclear.

Lisa Pearce says on Twitter that it is a priority of Intel to support the standard interfaces that are already on the market. She says that it is not so important for Intel to come up with a ‘proprietary solution’, but above all to address the largest possible impact and user group.

From that point of view, Pearce also says that the implementation of Adaptive-Sync support for integrated GPUs has a higher priority than support for discrete GPUs. The company will release a separate graphic high-end chip in 2020 , so it seems obvious that support for Adaptive-Sync will follow somewhere in 2019.

At the end of August, Chris Hook also said that Adaptive-Sync is in the pipeline , although the former marketing leader of AMD did not give any further details. That this support is coming up is already clear since Intel confirmed this in 2015. It is unknown why the support is so long overdue.

Adaptive-Sync is based on AMD’s FreeSync standard, which controls a variable refresh rate for monitors to prevent tearing and stuttering. VESA has included FreeSync under the name Adaptive-Sync in the displayport 1.2a standard.

If Intel is going to support the technology with a range of integrated gpu’s, that would be a considerable support for the standard. Nvidia, the competitor of AMD in the field of separate video cards, uses its own technology in the form of G-Sync. Unlike FreeSync, G-Sync is not an open standard and a hardware-based implementation is required.

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