OpenChrome Gets A TODO List, Clarifies Work
Written by Michael Larabel in VIA on 20 November 2008 at 09:54 AM EST. 1 Comment
Following VIA's press release this morning that they released 2D/3D/video documentation and have joined forces with OpenChrome, Xavier Bachelot has notified the OpenChrome users of what's taking place and he has provided the developers with a TODO list of items they wish to accomplish.

In a message to OpenChrome users, Xavier shares that some of the OpenChrome developers are now under NDA with VIA Technologies (read: not all documentation will be in the public domain), they are working on 3D support for the Chrome 9 series IGP, and they are working on bringing some of the features found within VIA's open-sourced driver (xf86-video-via) into the OpenChrome code-base.

In a message to OpenChrome developers, Xavier detailed what he believes should be the TODO list going forward for the OpenChrome driver. The items of high priority include support for the VIA VX800 ASIC, DVI support (integrated TMDS), improved integrated and hardwired LVDS support, and dual-head support. Of medium priority are TV output, better VT1625 TV encoder support, support for multiple X-Video ports, better hardware cursor support, RandR 1.2, and XvMC VLD for Unichrome Pro II.

Not as important to OpenChrome is iDCT / MoComp acceleration, MPEG-4 acceleration, more TMDS encoder support, more LVDS encoders support, and additional TV encoders support. In a follow up message it was also learned that VIA is already resisting to provide support that would assist in XvMC (X-Video Motion Compensation) due to MPEG licensing concerns over the publishing of any documentation or code.

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