What Will AMD Open Up Next?
Written by Michael Larabel in AMD on 23 February 2008 at 04:35 AM EST. 20 Comments
With the Friday night release of the R300-500 3D programming documentation, which open-source developers have already been pleased by, what will be AMD's next strategic OSS move? AMD is still in the process of releasing an R600 3D programming guide, Tcore, the bottom layer of the fglrx driver (possibly), and other information. These efforts are all to better enable the open-source community in developing the R500+ RadeonHD driver and further enriching the R300/400 Radeon driver. They have also stated their intentions on releasing sensor information so that ATI graphics cards with supported temperature probes and fan controllers can be supported by LM_Sensors.

AMD's Graphics Product Group (GPG) is making steady progress on the open-source front, but what about other areas of AMD? Earlier this week their AMD Performance Library was open-sourced in a project known as Framewave. However, there are still other projects they could open-source or provide open specifications for to the Linux community. One such example would be AMD's OverDrive software for Windows that allows per-core manipulation of the clock speed and other enthusiast settings for AMD Phenom processors (among other features).

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