Intel Hopes For OpenGL ES 3.0 Compliance In Mesa 9.1
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel on 6 February 2013 at 01:05 AM EST. 6 Comments
Last summer the open-source Intel Linux graphics driver reached the milestone of being officially OpenGL ES 2.0 conformant with the Khronos specification. Intel has now submitted their OpenGL ES 3.0 results to the Khronos Group for validation with Ivy Bridge hardware and the Mesa 9.1 branch in hopes of being one of the first driver implementations to be officially GLES 3.0 conformant.

Ian Romanick shared another victory for open-source drivers. He trumpetted that this is likely the first time Mesa has had a hardware driver that supported a new specification within a reasonable amount of time while on the Intel side they haven't seen that since the OpenGL 1.3 days... Now with OpenGL ES 3.0, they are in good shape. There's been only one other company to submit their conformance results prior to Intel and then one company has sent in theirs since that point (Imagination Technologies).

If no problems turn up, after the 30-day review period, their results will be varified as conformant for Mesa 9.1 on Intel Ivy Bridge hardware. Intel had been quick to work on OpenGL ES 3.0 support going back to its spec debut in August.

Now if the Mesa stack would only catch up to the OpenGL 4.x era rather than living in an OpenGL 3.1~3.2 (or even less in the case of some drivers) world...
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