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  • Mandriva Improves Silicon Motion Driver

    Phoronix: Mandriva Improves Silicon Motion Driver

    Along with VIA releasing a new open-source X.Org video driver, there is work underway on improving the status of another open-source graphics driver. Silicon Motion is perhaps more obscure than VIA Technologies when it comes to integrated graphics, but they primarily specialize in low-power graphics chips for tablet PCs. The xf86-video-siliconmotion driver usually only receives a handful of commits a year and from a few different developers such as Adam Jackson, Egbert Eich, and Alex Deucher...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NjY4Ng

  • #2
    Good job Mandriva devs is all I can say :P
    I never heard of that Silicon Motion hardware though..

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    • #3
      makes you wonder why would they start to care about "low-power graphics chips for tablet PCs. ". they're probably preparing a new product for that kind of hardware.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by yoshi314 View Post
        makes you wonder why would they start to care about "low-power graphics chips for tablet PCs. ". they're probably preparing a new product for that kind of hardware.
        I received this email:

        Michael;

        I think the reason for Mandriva improving the Silicon Motion driver is
        this >>

        EMTEC has a new concept Mandriva G-Linux notebook with the SM502 in it!
        http://www.gdium.com

        Click on description to see the specifics!

        This notebook is designed to complement the resources at the web portal
        Gayaplex.

        Another article from earlier this year >>
        http://www.liliputing.com/2008/07/up...able-will.html

        By the way, the Silicon Motion graphics acceleration chip is also found
        in the devices made by ThinLinx
        http://www.thinlinx.com/hardwarecurrent2.html

        and are therefore in our Linux point of sale solution. >>
        http://www.thinlinx.com/pos.html
        which features an application-specific X Window Manager which makes it
        easy for people who do not have programming skills to build
        Internet-based POS solutions.

        Gene Mosher
        Michael Larabel
        http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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        • #5
          Yeah, it had to be a reason of that sort..
          But does this Silicon Motion have 3D acceleration? :P

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Extreme Coder View Post
            Yeah, it had to be a reason of that sort..
            But does this Silicon Motion have 3D acceleration? :P
            No, the SM501/502 don't have 3D (although the databook states in chapter 4 "The SM502's Drawing Engine is designed to accelerate Microsoft's DirectDraw and Direct3D applications." (think D3D on WinCE)).

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