Intel Arc supports the newest Vulkan API
In January this year Khronos group announced 1.3 specifications for Vulkan graphics API, following their 2-year cadence. Some GPU vendors offered Vulkan 1.3 support through their drivers almost immediately. NVIDIA Ampere to Maxwell, Intel UHD and Iris Xe iGPUs and AMD RDNA1 and RDNA2 architectures were all supported within a week of Vulkan 1.3 release.
According to Khronos website, Intel first gaming discrete GPU architecture in decades known as Xe-HPG or Arc Alchemist series is now fully compliant with Vulkan 1.3 specs. The list of supported SKUs includes Arc A7, A5 and A3 mobile series, there is sadly no mention of desktop products yet.
All five Arc Alchemist mobile SKUs are already supported, although not all of them are already available. Thus far we have only seen a deployment of A350M, A370M and more recently A730M. The latter is based on a more powerful GPU called ACM-G10.
This new appearance of A770M and A550M seemingly suggests that all mobile SKUs are now ready for launch. It shouldn’t take much time before we start seeing gaming laptops with full Alchemist GPU.