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RadeonHD Update @ FOSDEM 2008

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Published on 23 February 2008 10:31 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Events
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Following John Bridgman's talk at FOSDEM, Egbert Eich, who is one of the Novell developers working on the RadeonHD driver, had talked about the status of the RadeonHD driver. This talk went over a number of topics from the ATI GPU block design to the software abstractions with the AtomBIOS layer. No major breaking news came out of this talk, but just iterating information about xf86-video-radeonhd such as MMIO-base XAA/EXA R500 acceleration, full mode-setting for the R500/600 series, AtomBIOS disadvantages, and full RandR 1.2 support. Egbert had shared though that TV-Out support should be possible soon and it just needs TV encoding support. Digital output support for the RV620/635 chipsets should come next week. AtomBIOS support will provide scaler support, the second digital output block on the RS690, and support for unknown connectors. The bigger issues to tackle coming forward are DRM setup and R600 2D support. More information can be gathered from doing a RadeonHD search or watch the video at RadeonHD.org. The X.Org FOSDEM videos will be uploaded to the RadeonHD.org server in the near future, once this Internet cooperates.

RadeonHD Update @ FOSDEM 2008


By the middle of April at the X Developer Conference 2008 (XDC2008) they expect to complete 2D for R500/600 series and DRM-based on the R300 design. Further down on the road-map for the RadeonHD driver is integrating TexturedVideo (X-Video) support, moving to TTM for memory management, and last but certainly not least is using Gallium3D.

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