Intel Now Says G45 VA-API Will Come In Q2
Written by Michael Larabel in Intel on 11 April 2011 at 09:58 AM EDT. 8 Comments
Long ago there was a promise by Intel's Linux developers that they would deliver VA-API video acceleration support to G45 IGPs in the second quarter of 2010. This didn't happen even while support for VA-API on Clarkdale/Arrandale arrived in early 2010. There's also now VA-API support for Sandy Bridge and even video encoding support. But the old G45 hardware hasn't received much love. It now appears though that Intel might release VA-API for G45 in the coming months.

The last public update on the VA-API G45 state was in February when it was said that it was still being worked on, nearly a year after its intended availability. Last week though at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit I asked Keith Packard about the G45 VA-API state. He basically said that he's seen some form of it internally but didn't express much interest in it, which sounded like it would basically never arrive.

After a user now cited my relayed comments by Keith on the mailing list, Intel's Zou Nanhai has provided new comments. In this message he says, "We are still working on that. Though due to resource limitation, it will be a little slow. But I am fully sure G45 support will be done in Q2 2011."

Intel tends to deliver their quarterly Linux driver package at the end of each quarter (though for example, now into Q2, we haven't seen the Q1'2011 package yet but it's just days a way) that means around the end of June or July we should see G45 VA-API support. Updates to the Linux kernel DRM and VA-API library (libva) will be needed. The patches thus would likely be landing in the Linux 2.6.40 and 2.6.41 kernels.

When we have more information, we'll pass it along.

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