AMD published this month new programming guides and register documentations for the 3D/Compute engines on their Evergreen, Northern Islands, Southern Islands, and Sea Islands graphics processors.
AMD had gotten behind in releasing their programming documentation and hardware specifications on their GPUs since their small open-source staff have been busy working on the open-source code as their number one priority. However, they're working to catch up and earlier this month they pushed out the new 3D/Compute documentation to clear the Radeon HD 5000 through Radeon HD 8000 series hardware. This complements their existing public R300 through Radeon HD 4000 (R700) series 3D documentation.
This milestone was actually covered when it happened in AMD Posts A Horde Of New 3D GPU Documentation
. However, only last week -- two weeks after the drop happened -- it was mentioned on AMD's Developer Blog
with a post by Alex Deucher. Some Phoronix readers writing in with this "news tip" seem to have forgotten that original Phoronix posting or think it's something new, so to clear it up, I'm just posting the news again.
Now let's hope it won't take as long to get the 3D/Compute documentation out on their latest "Hawaii" GPUs as it did for Evergreen, which launched four years ago in September of 2009.