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PowerVR Driver Gets New Site, Little Progress

Free Software

Published on 15 July 2012 03:13 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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The Free Software Fondation has had a high priority project to reverse-engineer the PowerVR SGX GPU and to write an open-source 3D driver around this popular Imagination graphics processor more than a year.

While it's been a high-priority project and Imagination PowerVR SGX graphics processors are very common among ARM devices (and Intel's current Atom processors), the FSF-approved project hasn't been advancing.

The only open-source PowerVR driver news to report so far this summer is that they have a new Wiki. You can find the new PowerVR driver web-site at powervr.gnu.org.ve, but it's not incredibly exciting. There's just one page right now and the Wiki doesn't have a whole lot of information. It's not much more information compared to the earlier Wiki on LibrePlanet.

The only reported work that's been done is reverse-engineering some USSE opcodes, but that's it, and that's been completed for more than one year.

The project has also setup a powervr-devel mailing list, but again, there isn't much information. There's no Git repository yet since there isn't any actual driver.

This lack of progress comes at a time where reverse-engineering and driver-writing by other individual programmers for other GPUs is going much better. See Major Open-Source ARM Announcement Coming for more information and a current overview of these open-source ARM graphics efforts.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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