Next year Intel will reveal its 22nm Ivy Bridge processor and according to new reports the integrated graphics solution of this processor will offer DirectX 11 and 16 execution units, four more than with the Sandy Bridge architecture.
Intel has presented two integrated graphics circuit for Sandy Bridge, Intel HD Graphics 3000 and HD Graphics 2000. The former is found in all mobile processors and the top models of the desktop market. With 12 execution units and clock frequencies up to 1350 MHz with activated Turbo Intel has succeeded in matching AMD's budget graphics card Radeon HD 5450.
With its 22nm architecture Ivy Bridge is aiming even higher and new rumors says that beside support for DirectX 11 it will increase the number of execution units from 12 to 16 with Ivy Bridge. With a new and more efficient process the clock frequencies will go up compared to Sandy Bridge but considering the base architecture is the same Ivy Bridge will get 25% better overall performance thanks to the extra execution units.