After publishing our NVIDIA AYiR 2006 earlier this month, we have now posted our ATI AYiR 2006. This nine page piece covers and re-tests all twelve of the fglrx display drivers released this year. We also share a few details about the forecast for ATI next year when it comes to their Linux software. This article can be discussed here and Digged here.
CNET News has constructed a 2006 year in review for open-source. Among the worthy highlights for this year in regards to open-source software was the public debate on the GNU GPL v3 license, Sun Microsystems picks the GPL for Java, and Microsoft making a Linux pact with Novell. Be sure to share your thoughts on this year's open-source news in the Phoronix Forums.
Advanced Micro Devices has released the ATI fglrx 8.31.5 Linux display driver. This new driver brings X11R72 support, official Radeon X1950 series support added, and quite a few bug fixes. The latest Linux display drivers for x86 and x86_64 along with accessing the release notes can be accessed from the Proprietary ATI Linux Driver page. The Phoronix review of these drivers can be found here along with Radeon X1950PRO Linux benchmarks. If you run into issues or want to share your thoughts on these drivers, be sure to stop by the forums.
AMD has jumped on the 65nm bandwagon today by releasing four AMD Athlon 64 X2 (AM2) processors using their 65nm SOI (Silicon On Insulator) process. These four models include the X2 5000+, 4800+, 4400+, and 4000+. By the middle of 2007, Advanced Micro Devices hopes to fully convert Fab 36 to 65nm production. Today's press release can be read here.
AMD's long awaited Quad FX platform has made its premiere this morning in the form of an AMD press release. The Quad FX is essentially two AMD Athlon 64 FX-70 series processors (also released today) and communicating with each other using DSDCA (Dual Socket Direct Connect Architecture) to offer a total of four physical cores. While it does use Socket F, the memory does not need to be ECC registered, but rather uses traditional DDR2 with Non-Uniform Memory Access support. The maker of the Chipset is actually NVIDIA and not ATI. The Quad FX platform also boasts NVIDIA Scalable Link Interface (SLI). The slowest in the AMD Athlon 64 FX-70 series is the FX-70 itself at $599 USD per processor, while the FX-72 and FX-74 are $799 and $999 respectively. All hardware for this platform is available today. If four cores aren't enough to suit your demanding needs, you may be interested in dual Intel Xeon 5300 Clovertowns, which will give you an octal core system.
AMD has issued the new fglrx display drivers -- coming only two weeks after 8.30.3. The changes are minimal though there is improved X-Video performance for Radeon X1000 products. The Phoronix review can be read here. Meanwhile join in on the discussion here and the release notes are at AMD.
AMD/ATI has today pushed out the fglrx 8.30.3 drivers. No new features are in this October 2006 release but there are a few bug fixes, and the Fedora packager now supports Fedora Core 6 Zod. The 8.30.3 Phoronix review can be found here, and the public discussion here.
Advanced Micro Device's acquisition of ATI Technologies is now complete. This $5.4 billion (USD) deal took months to complete but is now complete. With this deal now complete in 2007 AMD and ATI expect to deliver integrated platforms. They are also continuing to develop their x86 processor that integrates a CPU and GPU at the silicon level. This project has been codenamed "Fusion", and isn't expected to reach the public market until late 2008 or early 2009. No word was mentioned in the press release of open-sourcing any parts of the ATI graphics drivers. AMD's press release announcing the completed acquisition and future intentions can be found here.
ATI Technologies has today introduced a new mid-range contender in the Radeon X1k series. The ATI Radeon X1950 PRO has been introduced with a price of $199 USD, while still supporting CrossFire, HDCP-compliant, and the assortment of other X1000 Family features. The ATI X1950 PRO press release can be found here.
With Fedora Core 6 coming out tomorrow, over at the Redblog I have published a patch to allow the latest ATI fglrx drivers (8.29.6) to run successfully on FC6. This patch is needed in order for the RPMs to build correctly, and a how-to guide is available that documents all of the steps needed to setup the drivers. Simply download the script from the blog, and if all development libraries are installed, the script will automatically update the packaging scripts and take care of everything. This should allow for a much smoother upgrade experience. The blog entry can be read here.
After this morning's meeting in Canada, ATI Shareholders have approved of AMD's acquisition of ATI Technologies. More than 99% of those who voted were in favor of this move. The AMD + ATI transaction is expected to be completed the week of October 23, 2006. The press release can be found here.
The open-source Radeon drivers for X.Org have reached version 6.6.3. This release features a major bug fix for regression in M6/M7/rn50 devices and a number of smaller fixes. This release is being nominated for X.Org 7.2 and David Airlie has made the driver available for X.Org 7.1. These open-source drivers do not support the Radeon X1000 series. Airlie also mentions that he is working on getting Randr++ support into master branch, driver support for external TMDS transmitters, and support for dual-link DVI monitors. David's blog entry can be found here. For the latest on the official ATI fglrx drivers, our 8.29.6 review can be found here.
ATI has come out today with the 8.29.6 CATALYST Linux display drivers. New in this release is Linux 2.6.18 kernel support, bug fixes, and R200 support has been removed. The Phoronix review of these new Linux display drivers can be read here, while the Phoronix Forums have an active discussion.
Yesterday AMD had snuck out the Athlon 64 X2 5200+ processor. This model is virtually the same as the X2 5000+ except it appends another Megabyte of L2 cache. The AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ specifications consist of a 2.60GHz operating frequency, 2MB L2 Cache, x86_64, AM2 Socket, and 2GHz HyperTransport. The price for the AMD 5200+ will be $403 USD, while the 5000+ is $301 for its PIB price.
Coming out of Canada today is the ATI Radeon Xpress 1250 Chipset. This Chipset is designed for use on Intel PCs and notebooks, and is also geared for delivering a new level of graphics performance. Another fact about this Intel Chipset is that it's the first to support ATI's Avivo (Advanced Video In Video Out). The press release can be found here. As mentioned in our review of the ATI Linux 8.28.8 drivers, the onboard graphics for the Xpress 1250 are supported by the most recent proprietary drivers.
ATI has issued two (one and two) press releases for announcing their latest graphics cards. These latest Radeon solutions consist of the Radeon X1950XTX, X1900XT 256MB, X1650PRO, and X1300XT. These cards will hopefully be supported by the ATI Linux fglrx drivers next month. A discussion thread has been setup here.
The speculations can now come to a close since this morning it's official that AMD and ATI will be merging. This deal is worth an incredible $5.4 Billion (USD), and is expected to be completed later this year. AMD's press release can be found here. Since the most recent speculations, we have been discussing the possible AMD + ATI effects over on our forums.
Well well, the day has finally come. It is now day number 50; the final day for this ATI Linux trial. With that said, it's about time for me to share some concluding remarks regarding ATI's recent Linux efforts with their monthly fglrx display drivers. On the first day, I didn't know whether I would be able to survive without going green (no pun intended), but towards the end of this experience, it was almost like achieving nirvana... Read the final Phoronix Redblog post here.
There is nothing like starting the week off with a bang as ATI delivers the Windows CATALYST 6.6 and fglrx 8.26.18 Linux display drivers. Yes, the ATI drivers are shipping on a Monday compared against their usual Wednesday routine. After last month's belated 8.25.18 release, these new drivers were originally scheduled to ship on June 7; however, there was a delay on the Windows CATALYST side followed by a second delay bringing it to today. However, the ATI Linux drivers are bringing a fair amount of changes to the table as they had done last month with a host of fixes and other improvements. At Phoronix we have our usual details to share about this fglrx release as well as our traditional performance take... MORE ATI Release Notes (8.26.18)
This morning at Computex Taipei 2006, ATI Technologies has introduced "Boundless Gaming" -- as they refer to it with their CrossFire products. Rather than simply using two GPUs for ATI CrossFire action, adding a third Radeon graphics card will now be able to assist in the rendering of game physics. Of course, the motherboard needs to support three physical PCI Express x16 slots. ATI's physics implementation uses Havok FX. No ATI physics capabilities will be making their way to the Linux fglrx drivers at least anytime in the near future due to the lack of CrossFire support. ATI's official press release can be found here. MARKHAM, CANADA and COMPUTEX, TAIWAN, Jun 6, 2006 -- ATI Technologies Inc. is loosening the ties that bind gamers to their physical realities by immersing them in a simulation more complete than anything they've seen before. The 'boundless gaming' experience is created by combining the rendering horsepower of two ATI graphics cards with a third devoted to modeling the environment. This asymmetric CrossFire configuration fuses the best looking, highest performing graphics available with physics performance beyond anything available on a PC before. Added to the Intel Core 2 Duo platform, it introduces 'boundless gaming' to the world on the highest performing PC platform ever conceived.
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- May 31, 2006 --AMD (NYSE: AMD) announced today the next milestone in digital entertainment with the AMD LIVE! PC — a full-featured, easy-to-use media center PC, designed to enable consumers to organize, distribute, share, and enjoy their content collection throughout the home and on the go. Leading OEMs including Acer, Alienware, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Gateway, HP, Sahara, and Tsinghua Tongfang, as well as system builders in North America, Western Europe, and China, will have AMD LIVE! PCs, powered by the award-winning AMD Athlon 64 X2 dual-core processor, starting in June. The AMD LIVE! Entertainment Suite, a collection of services and applications designed to enhance the PC experience, is also available today at www.amdlive.com "The AMD LIVE! PC and AMD LIVE! Entertainment Suite represent the culmination of industry-leading companies collaborating around open standards to deliver compelling entertainment solutions," said Bob Brewer, corporate vice president, Desktop Business, AMD. "With the AMD LIVE! PC, AMD begins delivering on its vision for merging broadcast TV content with interactive, personalized broadband applications and services, all without disrupting the devices already accepted and used by consumers in their homes today." More on AMD Live!
One month after LGP has announced that their port of Egosoft's X2 The Threat had went gold, the game is finally available. Orders are shipping right now, after the previous May 19 shipping date, and this space title can be ordered through Linux Game Publishing or the distribution outlets. Our X2 Linux content is still available, and LGP is still offering up a free demo version of the game.
Since Wednesday's launch of May's CATALYST suite, which consists of the Linux fglrx driver, there has been numerous reports of problems when using R200 hardware. Of course, the fglrx v8.25.18 has brought many changes and a few new features beyond what was found in last month's 8.24.08 driver candidate. We have had no problems using these Linux drivers with newer hardware, but we are in the process of looking into this R200 8.25 issue. The only ATI comment at this time has been that they aren't focusing on the older hardware. Of course, the R200 series does have reliable open-source drivers, as well as the ATI Radeon R300 series. Once we know any additional information, we will try to pass it on. Our ATI fglrx v8.25.18 driver article can be found here. UPDATE In the unofficial ATI Bugzilla, more information is available.
Today, as anticipated ATI has released their line-up of AMD Socket AM2 Chipsets. Both ATI's Radeon Xpress 1100 and CrossFire Xpress 3200 are compatible with the AM2 DDR2 processors. The Southbridge going with either of these chips is the SB600. As stated in our AM2 Technology Preview, SB600 support had found its way into the release candidate 3 for the 2.6.17 kernel. More information on the Linux compatibility/performance to come later at Phoronix. ATI Technologies Inc. is bringing its technology leadership to a new generation of AMD PC users with the introduction of the CrossFire Xpress 3200 chipset and the ATI Radeon Xpress 1100 series of chipsets, all compatible with socket AM2. The CrossFire Xpress 3200 is the top-performing enthusiast chipset available today and the Radeon Xpress 1100 prepares users for Windows Vista with ATI's fastest integrated graphics ever.
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. -- May 23, 2006 -- As part of AMD’s ongoing commitment to deliver leading technology for desktop PCs, AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the immediate availability of the AMD Athlon 64 FX-62 dual-core processor, the world’s ultimate processor for PC enthusiasts, and the AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+dual-core processor compatible with AMD’s new socket AM2 platform. Socket AM2 from AMD is designed to enable next-generation platform innovations such as AMD Virtualization and high-performance, unbuffered DDR2 memory to the award-winning AMD64 architecture. Additionally, socket AM2 streamlines the work for motherboard manufacturers, while reducing costs through economies of scale, which can provide better products and increase supply chain flexibility. AMD AM2 Press Release
SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- May 17, 2006 -- AMD (NYSE: AMD) today introduced AMD Turion 64 X2 mobile technology, the first and only family of 64-bit dual-core processors designed for thin and light notebook PCs. AMD Turion 64 X2 mobile technology allows people to get more from their mobile lifestyle through long battery life and outstanding performance, even when using multiple applications simultaneously, including demanding digital media applications. Continuing its technology leadership, AMD also is bringing 64-bit computing to the Mobile AMD Sempron processor family. Now AMD delivers the only complete mobile product portfolio offering the ability to seamlessly transition between 32- and 64-bit computing. "AMD is first to market with the only 64-bit dual-core mobile processor, driving the wave of next-generation mobile platforms that are ready today to run the upcoming 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows Vista," said Chris Cloran, vice president, AMD Mobile Division. "This is advanced mobile technology for the office or home, packing dual-core processing for extreme multi-tasking, 64-bit computing, extended battery life and cutting-edge technology from industry leaders in wireless, connectivity and graphics." More at AMD.
With AMD's earlier announcement today of the Turion 64 X2 dual-core mobility parts, ATI has jumped to the table and provided a Radeon Xpress 1100. The ATI Radeon Xpress 1100 comes with such features as battery life improvements, faster graphics, better multimedia experience, support for Microsoft Windows Vista. The ATI RS485 (Xpress 1100) with SB460 Southbridge on a micro-ATX motherboard has already been announced by ECS with the RS485M-M part. This motherboard with the RS485 does boast support for AMD's Socket AM2 processors -- which will be announced shortly and covered Linux-wise here at Phoronix. The graphics with the Xpress 1100 are anticipated to be similar to the Radeon X300 IGP with up to 256MB of shared memory. ATI's official announcement is here.
ATI has today officially announced the Radeon X1900GT. The Radeon X1900GT is designed to pack many of the same features as the X1900XTX, but at a much lower cost. The suggested retail price is $299 USD. With a core clock of 575MHz, and the memory running at 600MHz, while those seeking even more of a performance punch, a CrossFire Edition X1900GT will be available. More on today's ATI X1900GT launch is here.
ATI has been trying to forge a strategic relationship with Nokia for improving the cellular telephone multimedia experience, and today they have finally succeeded with such a partner. This new relationship should deliver ATI-powered music playback, 3D gaming, mobile TV, video, and more to Nokia users. The press release in its entirety is available at Investor Relations. This news comes after ATI had announced it had bought Bitboys Oy.
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.
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