Intel Corp. has joined IBM in trying to establish XGA as the next standard for PC graphics.

Under a technology licensing agreement announced by the two firms last week, Intel will develop XGA chips offering increased graphics performance, as well as other devices based on IBM’s XGA technology.

The first produce will be an XGA chip that Intel will offer to PC manufacturers in early 1993, said Kenneth Fine, general manager of Intel’s Multimedia and Supercomputing Components Group, in Phoenix. The chip is expected to offer higher resolutions and more color than IBM’s own XGA implementation, Fine said.

IBM’s XGA offering, available now on PS/2 Models 95 and 90 and on the Model M57 SLC multimedia system, generates 256 simultaneous colors at 1,024 by 768 pixel resolution. Super VGA graphics offer 256 colors with a resection of at least 800 by 600 pixels.

Intel is considering XGA designs that could offer capabilities such as 65,000 colors at 1,024 by 768 pixels. Fine said . “XGA can go considerably beyond where it is how, he said. “Our goal is to make XGA the standard on all PCs.”

PC manufacturers could build Intel’s XGA chips into PCs using local bus designs, he added.

Intel is also planning a singling chip that combines an XGA controller and its Digital Video Interactive technology, which al-’ lows PCs to display video, Fine said.

Analysts said such a chip would enable PCs to be used for high per romance multimedia applications .”That would be a powerful component for displaying video,” said Jon Peddie, publisher of the PC Graphics Report, an industry news letter in Oakland, Calif.

IBM currently manufactures XGA chips for its own use but could use Intel’s XGA products in other PS/2s in 1993, said Paul Mugge, IBM’s vice Personal Systems in Boca Raton, Fla.

The pact with Intel is the latest in a series of moves IBM has made to push XGA as a standard. In September, IBM licensed its XGA implementation to SGS Thomson Microelectronics Group, which offers XGA chips for use in Industry Standard Architecture PCs and graphics cards.’ Unlike the license with Intel, the SGS Thomson agreement does not give the compony the right to enhance the graphics capabilities, said IBM officials in White Plains, N.Y.

Neal Boudette

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