Many military intelligent systems include computing applications that have a need for high performance graphics, multifunction displays or terrain visualization. More demanding applications involve the superimposition of a moving icons on video images or merging symbols with real-world information.


The latest 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ processors come equipped with the Intel® HD Graphics 4000/2500. This enables leading edge graphics capability all within a single chip solution. While designed primarily for the gaming industry, many military applications have the same requirements for high levels of graphics performance. Intel HD Graphics offers powerful features that enable a highly responsive and stunning 3D visual experience:

  • Advanced technologies that deliver higher performance and better energy efficiency.
  • Faster 3D rendering and more complex shading create incredibly responsive and realistic 3D graphics.
  • Intel HD Graphics 4000 delivers immersive mainstream capabilities with entry-level discrete graphics card performance—without an additional graphics card or chip.
  • Intel HD Graphics 2500 delivers casual capabilities without an additional graphics card or chip.

How it works

Intel HD Graphics is integrated directly into the processor and has been re-architected, significantly boosting performance. Plus, the graphics engine in the Intel HD Graphics 4000 includes Microsoft DirectX 11 support and more redesigned execution units (EUs), dramatically enhancing 3D functionality and multi-display support. A shared last-level cache between the processor and graphics engine enables accelerated graphics processing. To top it off, the Intel 22nm process technology delivers higher performance and better energy efficiency than ever before.

Gaining an advantage

The Intel® HD Graphics 4000/2500 includes hardware acceleration for OpenGL® applications in 16-bit and 32-bit color depths. The latest Intel® graphics drivers provide support for OpenGL, version 3.3. OpenGL is the most widely adopted 2D and 3D graphics API in the industry, bringing thousands of applications to a wide variety of computer platforms. It is window-system and operating-system independent as well as network-transparent. OpenGL enables developers of software for PC, workstation, and supercomputing hardware to create high-performance, visually compelling graphics software applications, in markets such as CAD, content creation, energy, entertainment, game development, manufacturing, medical, and virtual reality. OpenGL exposes all the features of the latest graphics hardware.


To gain the greatest advantage with OpenGL, it is beneficial to start development with tools and applications from established software suppliers familiar with the combination of OpenGL and the Intel HD Graphics engine. Presagis™, a leading provider of commercial-off-the shelf (COTS) modeling, simulation and embedded display graphics software for the aerospace and defense industry, is one of those companies. Presagis has teamed with Intel to bring interoperable, high-performance capabilities to the modeling and simulation (M&S) industry.


Presagis is also a member of the Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE™) Consortium, an Open Group managed consortium. The FACE Consortium, founded in July 2010 by The Open Group, is working towards developing the standards for a common operating environment, allowing a more dynamic extension of capabilities across avionics platforms. The final open architecture and supporting standards created by the group will be adopted by government agencies for future avionics capability procurements. The standards that are being developed will enable fast and easy upgrades to any part of the avionics systems - allowing a cost-effective solution.


In April, Presagis announced the latest release of its next-generation software for Human Machine Interface (HMI) development: VAPS XT v4.0 and VAPS XT-178 v4.0. This new release provides an open and extensible COTS graphical HMI modeling and development software for real-time, embedded applications, supporting certifiable and non-certifiable safety-critical environments. Designed from inception to support the delivery of future cockpits, VAPS XT provides the functionalities necessary to streamline the entire graphics development workflow, from initial design requirements to prototyping and simulation, development, testing, documentation, and final certification.Presagis 2012-02-21-vapsxt-heli-cockpit-1000x617.jpg

Figure 1: Helicopter Cockpit Display by Presagis.


Combining the processing capability of the Intel® HD Graphics 4000/2500 engine and software options such as OpenGL, modeling and simulation packages, HMI development tools, and FACE standards opens the doors to all kinds of leading edge graphics applications. The combination is structured to allow developers to quickly pull together high definition solutions that can easily stand the test of time.



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Jerry Gipper

OpenSystems Media®, by special arrangement with Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance

Editorial Director, OpenSystems Media, VITA Technologies


Presagis is a General member of the Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance.