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TI OMAP DRM For Linux 3.9 Moves Out Of Staging

Linux Kernel

Published on 17 February 2013 09:38 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel
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The Texas Instruments' OMAP DRM pull request for the Linux 3.9 kernel is now known. The OMAP DRM graphics driver will leave the kernel's staging area while at the same time picking up support for the OMAP5 SoC.

While Rob Clark has left Texas Instruments to go work on Linux graphics at Red Hat, he still today went through with taking care of the TI OMAP pull request to go into drm-next for Linux 3.9.

With this next kernel, the OMAP DRM driver that provides kernel mode-setting/2D support but no 3D acceleration support will leave the kernel staging area to live formally within drivers/gpu/drm with the rest of the open-source drivers.

Aside from leaving the staging area, other prominent changes include power management capabilities and OMAP5 support. The Texas Instruments OMAP5 is built around a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor with two extra Cortex-M4 cores. There's also two PowerVR SGX544MP graphics cores and a dedicated 2D BitBlt accelerator. The OMAP5430 and OMAP5432 SoCs are expected to begin shipping next quarter and will now have open-source display driver support within Linux 3.9. More OMAP5 DRM information can be found in this earlier Phoronix article.

This OMAP DRM pull request for 3.9 can be found on the dri-devel list.

Rob Clark is also hoping to have his TILCDC DRM driver merged for Linux 3.9 too, per this mailing list post. This DRM driver is for the Texas Instruments LCD Controller.

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