After NVIDIA bought ULI and Hybrid Graphics Ltd to pump-up mobile graphics capabilities, and released the NVIDIA GoForce 5500, ATI has now acquired a veteran to mobile graphics. ATI has acquired Bitboys Oy for approximately $44 million USD. The focus of this buy-out is on improving ATI's existing mobile phone multimedia offerings -- and will be integrated with the ATI Handheld Business Unit. The official ATI press release is available at ATI Investor Relations. ATI is well-known in the mobile phone industry for providing high-performance graphics and multimedia solutions; this acquisition enhances ATI's product portfolio with a number of technologies, including OpenGL ES 2.0 3D graphics and OpenVG 1.0 2D vector graphics technologies optimized for high-volume mainstream mobile phones. These graphics cores will be supported by ATI's common software stack which covers its complete range of multimedia co-processors. This unified software environment allows developers to easily create content for a range of devices and offers mobile phone manufacturers faster time to market.
Hitting the wire just minutes ago was an official announcement from ATI of a completely new line of FireGL graphics cards designed for professional users. These low-to-high end models range from 128MB cards to solutions with 1024MB of video memory. In addition, all of these new FireGL products are based upon ATI's new architecture and they also bring fourth professional support for Avivo. The new solutions launched today from ATI include the FireGL V3300, V3400, V5200, and V7200. Some of the new features incorporated in these cards are a 10-bit display pipeline capable of rendering scenes with over a billion colors, High dynamic range, and dual-link output. This launch taking place today is a hard launch and the solutions should be appearing at stores today as well as inside workstations. Announced already by ATI's Investor Relations is word that Hewlett-Packard will be using the new FireGL products in their latest desk and mobile side workstations. The ATI Linux 8.24.8 display drivers launched earlier this month (with X1000 support) are not expected to be compatible with the new FireGL products. However, we do anticipate that supportive Linux drivers for the FireGL line-up will arrive very shortly. The ATI press release can be found here.
For those following the issue with the ATI Linux display drivers v8.24.8 that causes compatibility conflicts with certain motherboards and Radeon 512MB cards, we have a few details to pass along today. In regards to our previous post, some Linux users have been submitting their system specifications to us that create this bug. As mentioned previously, ATI expects the issue to corrected in the v8.25.x release -- which following their monthly schedule would make a May 2006 release. Below are a few reported GPU/motherboard combinations that are known by Phoronix readers to cause problems. This issue is believed to only affect SLI-supportive motherboards and Radeon X1000 products. ATI Radeon X1900XTX 512MB / ASUS A8N-SLI Premium ATI Radeon X1600PRO 512MB / DFI LANParty nF4 SLI-DR ATI Radeon X1900XTX 512MB / DFI LANParty nF4 SLI-DR ATI Radeon X1900XT CrossFire 512MB / DFI LANParty nF4 SLI-DR ATI Radeon X1900XTX 512MB / DFI LANParty nForce4 ATI Radeon X1600PRO 512MB (Sapphire) / ABIT AN8 Ultra
With ATI's release notes simply stating each of the series that are supported by the Linux fglrx display drivers, and some users being concerned about what specific cards may or may not be supported, we have posted a list of all products supported. This list is as of the v8.24.8 drivers that premiered earlier this week and consists of both the desktop and mobility solutions. This was done to hopefully clear up any confusion as to what specific cards may or may not be supported with their proprietary Linux drivers. (II) ATI Radeon/FireGL: The following chipsets are supported: RADEON 9000/9000 PRO (RV250 4966), RADEON 9000 LE (RV250 4967), MOBILITY FireGL 9000 (M9 4C64), MOBILITY RADEON 9000 (M9 4C66), RADEON 9000 PRO (D9 4C67), RADEON 9250 (RV280 5960), RADEON 9200 (RV280 5961), RADEON 9000 (RV280 5962), RADEON 9200 SE (RV280 5964), MOBILITY RADEON 9200 (M9+ 5C61), MOBILITY RADEON 9200 (M9+ 5C63), FireGL 8800 (R200 5148), RADEON 8500 (R200 514C), RADEON 9100 (R200 514D), RADEON 8500 AIW (R200 4242), RADEON 9600 (RV350 4150), RADEON 9600 SE (RV350 4151), RADEON 9600 PRO (RV360 4152), RADEON 9600 (RV350 4E51), MOBILITY RADEON 9600/9700 (M10/M11 4E50), MOBILITY RADEON 9500 (M11 4E52), MOBILITY RADEON 9550 (M12 4E56), RADEON 9500 (R300 4144), RADEON 9600 TX (R300 4146), FireGL Z1 (R300 4147), RADEON 9700 PRO (R300 4E44), RADEON 9500 PRO/9700 (R300 4E45), RADEON 9600 TX (R300 4E46), FireGL X1 (R300 4E47), RADEON 9800 SE (R350 4148), RADEON 9500 (R350 4149), RADEON 9550 (RV350 4153), FireGL T2 (RV350 4154), RADEON 9600 (RV351 4155), RADEON 9800 PRO (R350 4E48), RADEON 9800 (R350 4E49), RADEON 9800 XT (R360 4E4A), FireGL X2-256/X2-256t (R350 4E4B), MOBILITY FireGL T2/T2e (M10/M11 4E54), RADEON X300 (RV370 5B60), RADEON X600 (RV380 5B62), RADEON X550 (RV370 5B63), FireGL V3100 (RV370 5B64), MOBILITY RADEON X300 (M22 5460), MOBILITY RADEON X300 (M22 5461), MOBILITY RADEON X600 (M24 5462), MOBILITY FireGL V3100 (M22 5464), RADEON X600 (RV380 3E50), FireGL V3200 (RV380 3E54), MOBILITY RADEON X600 (M24 3150), MOBILITY RADEON X300 (M22 3152), MOBILITY FireGL V3200 (M24 3154), RADEON X800 (R420 4A48), RADEON X800 PRO (R420 4A49), RADEON X800 SE (R420 4A4A), RADEON X800 XT (R420 4A4B), RADEON X800 (R420 4A4C), FireGL X3-256 (R420 4A4D), MOBILITY RADEON 9800 (M18 4A4E), RADEON X800 SE (R420 4A4F), RADEON X800 XT Platinum Edition (R420 4A50), RADEON X800 VE (R420 4A54), RADEON X800 (R423 5548), RADEON X800 PRO (R423 5549), RADEON X800 XT Platinum Edition (R423 554A), RADEON X800 GT (R423 554B), RADEON X800 XT (R423 5D57), FireGL V7100 (R423 5550), FireGL V5100 (R423 5551), MOBILITY RADEON X800 XT (M28 5D48), MOBILITY FireGL V5100 (M28 5D49), MOBILITY RADEON X800 (M28 5D4A), RADEON X800 XL (R430 554D), RADEON X800 GT (R430 554E), RADEON X800 GTO (R430 554F), RADEON X850 XT Platinum Edition (R480 5D4D), RADEON X800 GTO (R480 5D4F), RADEON X850 XT (R480 5D52), RADEON X850 (R481 4B48), RADEON X850 XT (R481 4B49), RADEON X850 SE (R481 4B4A), RADEON X850 PRO (R481 4B4B), RADEON X850 XT Platinum Edition (R481 4B4C), MOBILITY FireGL V5000 (M26 564A), MOBILITY FireGL V5000 (M26 564B), FireGL V5000 (RV410 5E48), FireGL V3300 (RV410 5E49), RADEON X700 XT (RV410 5E4A), RADEON X700 PRO (RV410 5E4B), RADEON X700 SE (RV410 5E4C), RADEON X700 (RV410 5E4D), RADEON X700 (RV410 5E4F), MOBILITY RADEON X700 (M26 5652), MOBILITY RADEON X700 (M26 5653), MOBILITY RADEON X700 XL, RADEON 9100 IGP (RS300 5834), RADEON 9000 PRO/9100 PRO IGP (RS350 7834), MOBILITY RADEON 9000/9100 IGP (RS300M 5835), RADEON XPRESS 200 (RS400 5A41), RADEON XPRESS 200M (RS400 5A42), RADEON XPRESS 200 (RS480 5954), RADEON XPRESS 200M (RS480 5955), RADEON XPRESS 200 (RS482 5974), RADEON XPRESS 200M (RS482 5975), RADEON XPRESS 200 (RC410 5A61), RADEON XPRESS 200M (RC410 5A62), RADEON X1800 (R520 7100), MOBILITY RADEON X1800 (M58 7101), MOBILITY RADEON X1800 (M58 7102), RADEON X1800 XT (R520 7108), RADEON X1800 PRO (R520 7109), RADEON X1800 SE (R520 710A), RADEON X1800 (R520 710B), RADEON X1800 (R520 710C), RADEON X1300 PRO (RV505 7143), RADEON X1300 (RV505 7147), MOBILITY RADEON X1300 (M52 714B), MOBILITY RADEON X1300 (M52 714C), RADEON X1300 (RV505 715F), RADEON X1300 XT (RV515 7140), RADEON X1300 PRO (RV515 7142), MOBILITY RADEON X1400 (M54 7145), RADEON X1300 LE (RV515 7146), MOBILITY RADEON X1300 (M52 7149), MOBILITY RADEON X1300 (M52 714A), RADEON X1300 SE (RV515 714E), RADEON X1300 VE (RV515 715E), RADEON X1300 (RV516 7180), RADEON X1300 (RV516 7183), RADEON X1300 (RV516 7187), RADEON X1900 (R580 7240), RADEON X1900 (R580 7243), RADEON X1900 (R580 7244), RADEON X1900 (R580 7245), RADEON X1900 (R580 7246), RADEON X1900 (R580 7247), RADEON X1900 (R580 7248), RADEON X1900 (R580 7249), RADEON X1900 (R580 724A), RADEON X1900 (R580 724B), RADEON X1900 (R580 724C), RADEON X1900 (R580 724D), RADEON X1900 (R580 724E), RADEON X1900 (R580 724F), RADEON X1600 XT (RV530 71C0), RADEON X1600 PRO (RV530 71C2), MOBILITY RADEON X1600 (M56 71C5), RADEON (RV530 LE 71C6), RADEON (RV530 VE 71CE), RADEON (RV530 SE 71DE)
For those inquiring about the known issue in the 8.24.8 release with motherboard compatibility issues -- X Server may fail to load when using an ATI Radeon X1x00, 512MB product with certain motherboards. Further details can be found in topic number 737-22056 -- we have some additional information available today. While we are still waiting for replies from ATI's Linux department, an ATI representative has told Phoronix that the compatibility issue plagues 512MB X1000 products using dual PCI Express motherboards. From what we have been told so far, the compatibility problem will not affect single PCI Express x16 slot motherboards. More information to come as it is received. UPDATE: We have been told that the motherboard compatibility issue should be corrected in the next release. If you are personally experiencing this issue, we ask that you submit your system specifications to us using our contact page so the data can be passed onto ATI for further examination.
Well well, isn't it time for ATI's monthly software period? Yes it is! This month ATI Linux developers have definitely not taken a break as today's 8.24.8 release does support the Radeon X1000 series. In addition to the desktop lineup, the mobile products are also supported from the X1k lineup. We have been privately sampling these drivers for almost a week now and have a wealth of Linux articles to come today, and in the coming days/weeks. With the 8.24.8 release now hitting the servers, we will have up our complete X1000 preview investigation with multiple PCI Express parts being used compared against the NVIDIA competition. Overall, we have been very pleased by ATI's Linux outlook thus far. The drivers can be downloaded from ATI. RADEON X1800 (R520 7100), MOBILITY RADEON X1800 (M58 7101),
After spending over a week in preparation for today's events, our ATI Linux X1000 articles are finally going live. What is being posted today is only a small portion of what is to come from ATI's Radeon X1000 series and Linux coverage on Phoronix -- we have quite a few articles and reviews pertaining to this matter coming up shortly. One great way for staying up to date with these Linux events is by using our RSS channels. Below are links to the ATI Linux X1k articles we have posted up to this point (almost two hours after the official launch) as well as links to a few external resources. We were also told last week there should be an official ATI press release to commemorate the 8.24.8 driver launch, which brings fourth the newly founded support, but to this point we have yet to see such an event taking place at their investor relations site. ATI Radeon X1800 Linux Preview ATI 8.24.8 Display Drivers ATI Linux 8.24.8 Drivers (Notice) X2 The Threat + ATI X1000 Performance
As was earlier anticipated, ATI has today acquired XGI/Macrosynergy. The ATI press release shares a bit more information (although not much more at this time other than their China target and some XGI employees being relocated). ATI Technologies Inc. today announced the acquisition of Shanghai-based Macrosynergy, an XGI Technology alliance company, as well as related personnel working out of XGI Technology's Santa Clara, California location. With the acquisition ATI immediately increases its presence in Shanghai, China, considered to be the epicenter of China's burgeoning technology market. At the same time the company acquires the research and design expertise of an organization best known for its multimedia add-in boards for personal computers. We are working on hitting up some interviews with our XGI contacts as well as possibly an interview with ATI's Linux department. It will be interesting to see if this buy-out has any weight on XGI's new open-source strategy that we broke word of late last year.
On the hardware swing of things for today, ATI Technologies has done a hard-launch of the new CrossFire Xpress 3200, or the much talked about RD580. ATI Technologies Inc. (TSX:ATY)(NASDAQ:ATYT), has changed the rules of the motherboard industry with the introduction of its CrossFire(TM) Xpress 3200 chipset-delivering the enthusiast gaming platform of the future. Developed from the ground up for multi-GPU gaming, the CrossFire Xpress 3200 chipset enables the world's fastest gaming performance, advanced overclocking capabilities and bedrock stability available in an AMD-based PC motherboard today.
Whether your frustrated with the lack of Linux CrossFire support, or rather the lack of Radeon X1000 series support under Linux, users have been ranting for quite some time to improve the quality of their proprietary display drivers. Pete (Kombatant) Vagiakos over at Driver Heaven has written a editorial proclaiming his disappointment in ATI Technologies and their present status of the Linux display drivers. His key argument is the lack of Radeon X1000 Linux support, as well as the lack of a viable control panel to replace fireglcontrolpanel. Whether you are an ATI or NVIDIA user, it is certainly an influential matter if you are into any sort of gaming, or simply using a desktop for that matter. Pete also mentions the possibility of porting the Windows CATALYST CCC - Catalyst Control Center over to Linux. His entry in its entirety can be viewed here. As he mentions Phoronix in this piece, due to our exclusive information in regards to the time-frame for ATI Linux support (when speaking with ATI's Matthew Tippett), the original article can be read here, and below is the relative excerpt. We are still looking very much forward to the likely spring release -- April or May -- and will be posting a great deal of X1k results, as well as additional information, immediately upon the public availability of these drivers. How long until the X1000 series will be supported by ATI's proprietary fglrx drivers? Well, earlier this morning we had spoken with Matthew Tippett from ATI's Linux department for a public comment and he has simply said that the supportive drivers are indeed coming and they will be out eventually, and he also said it will likely not be for a couple of releases at least. With the department's present strategy of releasing monthly Linux drivers as of late, these drivers will likely not be in the hands of the public until sometime this spring, unless of course a miracle was to occur with their development process.
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