R600/700 EXA & X-Video Code Merged To Master
Written by Michael Larabel in AMD on 26 February 2009 at 12:14 PM EST. Add A Comment
In late December AMD had released R600/700 3D code that allowed open-source triangles to be drawn and a AtomBIOS decompiler also came out of Novell just a few days later. In late January we were then greeted by public R600/700 3D documentation. While no working 3D support has yet to appear in the Mesa stack, the 2D EXA acceleration and X-Video support has matured relatively quickly. This work has now made its way into the mainline code for the open-source ATI stack.

With sufficient testing having been done, AMD's Alex Deucher has moved the code from separate code branches and now into the master Git code for the xf86-video-ati driver and the other bits of code into the DRM. The R600/700 support is currently in drm-next, which will put it for inclusion into the Linux 2.6.30 kernel.

Now it's time to have a working, open-source 3D stack for the ATI Radeon HD 2000/3000/4000 hardware.
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