Matrox Adopts Intel Alchemist GPUs for New Luma Graphics Cards
Long since giving up on GPU development, Matrox has been a notable player in the video card industry for over 40 years. More recently, Matrox has settled into a modest role of offering graphics cards based on other vendors’ GPUs for use in niche or boutique use cases where Matrox can differentiate based on software and support. And while the overall sales volume is limited, there is some validation as Matrox utilizes the vendor’s GPUs in their latest video cards.
To that end, Intel finally got a tip of the hat from the oldest video card vendor this week with the announcement of a new line of multi-monitor display cards built around Intel’s Alchemist architecture GPUs. Matrox’s new Luma series graphics cards are based on Intel’s Arc A310 and A380 graphics hardware, and the niche video card maker has built Alchemist’s class-leading video decoding and encoding capabilities, as well as critical display I’m trying to take advantage of the output capabilities and flexibility. For multi-display cards.
Matrox Video’s Luma family of graphics boards includes three products. Based on the Arc A310 (ACM-G11 with 768 stream processors), the thin single-slot fanless Luma A310 with 4 GB of memory. Low profile single slot Luma A310F with active cooling system.
All three Matrox Luma graphics cards feature four DisplayPort 2.1 UHBR10 (40Gbps) outputs, so you can have 4Kp144/5Kp60 monitors (uncompressed, 4:4:4) or two 8Kp60 or 5Kp120 displays on each display. It can be driven using two ports. In terms of features, DirectX 12 Ultimate, OpenGL 4.6, Vulkan 1.3, OpenCL 3.0 API support, H.264, H.265, VP9 and AV1 video streams. As an added bonus, it retains support for Intel’s oneAPI for compute tasks and Intel’s distribution of the OpenVINO toolkit for AI development.
All Luma graphics cards consume no more than 75W of power and can be fully powered via the PCIe slot without an auxiliary power connector. A310-based products are designed to fit in the most compact PCs on the market. Additionally, the single-slot design allows you to install several or more cards in a single desktop PC for systems that need to drive 8, 12 or more monitors.
Matrox, on the other hand, has not announced a discontinuation of the previous generation cards in these product segments (NVIDIA-based D-series and AMD-based M-series), but specs-wise, these newer Intel cards are outdated. should replace it. Cards in every way. Intel’s DisplayPort 2.1 capabilities are likely to be a driving factor given Matrox’s intended niche, and his NVIDIA in particular has been eliminated by not including his DisplayPort 2.1 capabilities in the Ada Lovelace generation of GPU architectures. I’m here.
Matrox Video’s Luma boards are primarily targeted at the medical, digital signage, control room, video wall, and industrial markets. The card comes with a base 3-year warranty, which can be further extended with a guaranteed 7-year lifecycle. This is important for some of the markets we serve.
Other benefits offered by Matrox’s Luma boards include support for Matrox’s PowerDesk software developed to handle specialized multi-display configurations.
Matrox has not announced pricing for these boards, but they are intended for commercial, professional, and industrial applications and will be priced accordingly.