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Intel has made available the new HD Graphics driver version, which includes support for Microsoft* Windows* 8, Open GL 4.0 and Ultra HD video playback & display (4K resolution). Additionally, this driver improves the gaming fun delivered on dozens of recent PC game titles including Runic* Games' Torchlight* 2, Arkane* Studios’ Dishonored*, and EA's Warhammer* Online: Wrath of Heroes. With support for Ultra HD resolution, 3rd generation Intel® Core™ based PCs can support  playback of content at resolutions beyond 1080p  up to 4096x2048 on Ultra HD displays. This driver supports both Windows* 7 and Windows* 8 and be downloaded from these links: 32-bit driver, and 64-bit driver.

Intel has just launched its new Intel® Desktop Board DZ77RE-75K, Intel’s first Desktop Board with Thunderbolt™ Technology. Intel’s latest Extreme board is based on the Z77 chipset and optimized for the 2nd and 3rd generation Intel Core –K processors in the LGA1155 package. Thunderbolt technology expands PC capabilities and performance, quickly and easily, enabling a whole new market for innovative devices. It delivers 10Gb/s bi-directional data transfer rates, carrying both data and display, and ability to daisy chain devices from a single connector. Intel’s best-in-class DZ77RE-75K board features the Intel Visual BIOS, which enables highly customized performance tuning and overclocking of the CPU core, graphics and memory speeds with unlocked Intel Core –K processors. Other features include touch-screen support, top to bottom graphical interface, and full mouse and keyboard enabled controls. Click on these links for more information about the Intel Desktop Board DZ77RE-75K and Thunderbolt Technology.

Celebrating 25 years in Brazil, Intel today held its Intel Developers Forum in Brazil, now the world’s third largest PC market after China and the US. The event included announcements of Banco do Brasil adopting Intel’s Identity Protection Technology for its online banking customers. In addition, Intel announced a public school initiative that will put Classmate Convertible PCs into the hands of over 160,000 Brazilian elementary school students. Intel first launched its Education Program in Brazil over a decade ago, and has since helped 500,000 students across 600 cities there.

Intel beta graphics drivers for the Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview are now available to support 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors with HD Graphics 4000/2500 and 2nd generation Intel Core processors with Intel HD Graphics 3000/2000. The 32-bit and 64-bit drivers provide support for Windows Display Driver Model version 1.2 (WDDM v1.2) features including flicker free rotation, native stereoscopic 3D and Microsoft DirectX* 11 video. Intel will provide regular driver updates for Windows 8 and encourages users to provide feedback and suggestions for future releases.

In his CES Day 1 keynote, Intel CEO Paul Otellini demonstrated Acer’s new Aspire S5 Ultrabook with built-in Thunderbolt technology running Windows 7 for the first time. Elsewhere at CES, Thunderbolt sightings included Lenovo’s ThinkPad S430 laptop, an AOC display, as well as Seagate and Western Digital external hard-drives. In all, more than 20 Thunderbolt-enabled products were shown that are either shipping now or will be soon. Thunderbolt technology is already found on most lines of Apple Mac computers (MacBook Pro, iMac, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini) and Apple Thunderbolt Display, as well as products from LaCie, Blackmagic Design, Promise, Matrox, and Sonnet. Others including OCZ, Belkin, Elgato, AJA, G-Tech by Hitachi, Atto, Magma, Avid, and Universal Audio have announced products that are expected to be shipping this year.

Intel’s Thunderbolt Technology has garnered a Best of What’s New Award in the area of Computing from Popular Science magazine. These awards are given to innovative technologies that are found in real products that have come to market. PopSci pointed to Thunderbolt technology being “…the first to combine the languages that handle data and display in one channel, making it faster and more versatile than any other connection.” Learn more about Thunderbolt Technology.

2nd generation Intel® Core™ processors continue to offer a great mainstream gaming experience on popular 2011 titles. This major graphics driver update for 2nd generation Intel Core processors with Intel® HD graphics improves game performance by up to 37% on ULV platforms. Additionally, new media applications and devices released in 2011 take advantage of unique Intel capabilities like Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD), Quick Sync Video, Intel® Wireless Display and InTru™ 3D. More details are available here at the Game, Media, & Device sites.


Drivers are available for download in 32-bit and 64-bit flavors.

Sony and Intel are venturing into the depths of the Great Lakes with Project Shiphunt.  Today, five high school students from Saginaw, Michigan will join scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration at the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary on Lake Huron. Using Sony* VAIO* laptops powered by 2nd Generation Intel® Core™ processors, the students will find a lost shipwreck, investigate its identity and map it in 3D detail.  Follow the adventure on the Project Shiphunt site, starting in June.

Intel has just released an HD Graphics driver update for the 2nd Generation Intel Core processor family. Mainstream gaming just got more fun, with up to 40% performance improvements on select games, support for the latest games like Valve’s Portal 2 and Stereoscopic 3D playback on DisplayPort monitors. This driver also includes support for 1080p Blu-Ray playback and Intel Insider content playback over WiDi 2.0. Drivers can be found here in

32-bit and 64-bit flavors.

Intel® Wireless Display 2.0 (WiDi 2.0) has just been updated to deliver wireless streaming playback of protected content, including Intel Insider, DVD, and Blu-Ray movies. If you have a system based on 2nd Generation Intel® Core® processor, just update Wireless Display, and your HD Graphics drivers, and enjoy!

HDXPRT 2011, the first community-designed version of this consumer-oriented PC benchmark, is now in beta for HDXPRT Development Community members. Started by Principled Technologies last fall, this growing community is open to anyone, and currently includes major PC OEMS, US and International technical press. More information can be found at

Adobe* recently announced the arrival of Flash* 10.2, which enhances HD video playback acceleration support. Intel® Core™ Processors and Intel® 2nd Generation Core™ Processors provide optimized Flash* playback, including H.264 decode acceleration. Just update your Flash* Player and Flash* web browser plugin to enjoy these features.

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