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ARM Publishes New DRM Graphics Driver

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Published on 25 July 2013 10:58 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware
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ARM Holdings has published a new DRM driver under the GPL.

Before getting too excited, this isn't some official Mali open-source GPU driver or something super exciting, but is the PL111 DRM driver. This is an open-source display driver to provide mode-setting support for the pl111 CLCD display controller found on some reference ARM platforms, including their Versatile Express.

It's a standard and is a DRM driver rather than just an fbdev driver as some other ARM SoCs have done. However, this CLCD mode-setting driver for now is quite limited and is hard-coded to mode-set at 640 x 480.

This DRM driver can be used in conjunction with the xf86-video-armsoc X.Org DDX driver.

This ARM DRM driver for now can be found on the dri-devel mailing list.

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