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TTM-based OpenChrome In A Working State

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Published on 21 January 2009 08:32 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in VIA
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With VIA Technologies delivering on their promises by finally releasing 2D/3D documentation and driver code, and Tungsten Graphics creating a new VIA 3D stack for a client, there has been a lot to report on in the VIA Linux scene. Tungsten Graphics and VIA are both interested in creating a Gallium3D driver for the Chrome 9 series, Tungsten already created a feature-rich DRM and Mesa driver, and there is a lot of other work going on too. What's new this week is a build-able TTM-based OpenChrome driver.

Thomas Hellström, the same TG employee working on the VIA 3D code, has announced that his branch of the OpenChrome driver now implements the TTM (Translation Table Maps) memory manager. TTM was set to become the de facto standard for in-kernel GPU memory management until Intel had conceived the Graphics Execution Manager (a.k.a. GEM). This open-source VIA driver using the TTM memory manager will run, but XvMC and EXA (when using the latest X Server 1.6 bits) acceleration are both lacking.

Using this driver requires checking out the branch of DRM and libdrm that provides the new TTM management support. For more information on what's needed if you want to check out this TTM-based driver, follow this thread on the OpenChrome mailing list. Unlike the open-source ATI and NVIDIA driver implementations that are using a GEM-ified TTM manager whereby TTM is used internally to manage the memory but externally it implements the GEM API, this isn't the case with VIA. However, Tungsten Graphics is the company that developed TTM, which is why they may be a bit hesitant to play with GEM.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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