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  • S3 Graphics Linux Driver Supports OpenGL 3.1

    Phoronix: S3 Graphics Linux Driver Supports OpenGL 3.1

    Hitting our inbox just minutes ago was a press release announcing the S3 Graphics 5400E graphics processor. The 5400E is designed to be a power-efficient GPGPU processor with dual-link DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort connection support...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzYzMA

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    I know these cards are not used by a lot of people, but this is still very good news!

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    • #3
      http://drivers.s3graphics.com/en/dow...nux/Readme.txt

      S3 Graphics Chrome4xx_5xx Linux driver package includes a patch to MPlayer to enable
      GPU accelerated H.264/VC-1/WMV9/MPEG-2 video decoding through VA-API.
      Code:
      S3G linux driver also implemented a new video API called VDPAU. This API is used by the latest
      SVN version MPlayer for video acceleration.
      So even S3 has hardware accelerated video decoding for Linux users, that only leaves out AMD...

      AMD is making a complete fool out of itself by not letting Linux users make use of the hardware accelerated video decoding features of their GPUs.
      Last edited by monraaf; 10-22-2009, 05:30 PM.

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      • #4
        Even S3 supports VDPAU and AMD just stands there and looks stupid.

        Great.

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        • #5
          A closed driver with KMS wow.

          I'm impressed, such a small company and such a full features driver!

          Too bad it's not open. But for such a small company it's probably even harder.

          Edit:
          - H/W accelerated H.264/MPEG2/WMV-9/VC-1 video playback.

          - SAMM / Rotation / Xinerama / Compiz

          - XRandR support

          - VDPAU support

          - KMS Support
          by http://drivers.s3graphics.com/en/dow...inux_EN_26.htm

          Wow!


          Now, phoronix, test it and tell us if it really works!
          Last edited by bugmenot; 10-22-2009, 05:53 PM.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by RealNC View Post
            Even S3 supports VDPAU and AMD just stands there and looks stupid.

            Great.
            I have a feeling it won't be long until AMD has something similar

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            • #7
              VIA is hardly a small company. Certainly not intel or amd tho,

              few notes:

              Long-term supply guarantee
              OpenCL 1.0

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              • #8
                how exactly is a closed source KMS driver possible anyway?

                or do they just mean the kernel module does the mode setting?

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                • #9
                  Wait, what?

                  Whoa, that's quite a feature-list they got there.
                  A VDPAU implementation on hardware not dogged by Bumpgate would be awesome. Any info if this actually works or is just PR? (Michael, do I smell a review coming?)

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                  • #10
                    That actually sounds like a decent, though closed source, driver.
                    But I'm willing to bet that it's broken and most features wont work. I mean it's via were talking about. They've always been promising great thing yet there linux drivers always sucked badly.
                    Originally posted by cb88 View Post
                    how exactly is a closed source KMS driver possible anyway?
                    AFAIK their kernel module is open-sourced, though not yet included in the mainline linux kernel.
                    Originally posted by cb88 View Post
                    or do they just mean the kernel module does the mode setting?
                    Uhm yeah that's what kms means after all.

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