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Revised HDMI Audio Patch For RadeonHD Driver

Christian K├Ânig has released his latest HDMI audio patch on the RadeonHD mailing list. With the ATI R600 GPUs and later having an integrated APU (Audio Processing Unit), when using an HDMI connector it's possible to use your Radeon graphics card for sound too. There's been patches in ALSA for the sound support, but additional code is needed within the open-source X.Org drivers too. At this time neither the xf86-video-ati or xf86-video-radeonhd have support for the integrated audio, but on the RadeonHD side there have been these patches maintained by Christian.
25 October 2008 - When Will It Be Merged? - 11 Comments

Radeon vs. RadeonHD Fighting Continues

If you thought disputes among X.Org developers were going to stop in regards to there being two leading ATI drivers (xf86-video-ati and xf86-video-radeonhd) after RadeonHD switched to using AtomBIOS, guess again. Daniel Stone committed a change to the X Server this morning that drops the RadeonHD driver from the X.Org module build infrastructure.
21 October 2008 - What's New In The X.Org Camp? - 77 Comments

Yes, Catalyst 8.10 Is Out There

Yesterday we reported on Canonical shipping an unreleased ATI Catalyst driver with the forthcoming release of Ubuntu 8.10. This driver labeled fglrx 8.54.3 adds support for X Server 1.5 / X.Org 7.4 and the Linux 2.6.27 kernel. Later in the day then, AMD did go ahead and release Catalyst 8.10. However, this isn't the same driver as what's found in Ubuntu.
16 October 2008 - But What Good Is It? - 11 Comments

UVD Is Enabled For Linux In Catalyst 8.10

With Canonical publishing the ATI Catalyst 8.10 driver even before it's been announced by AMD or appearing on their driver download page, we've taken this opportunity for an early look at this next Linux driver. In early September we confirmed XvMC and UVD are coming to ATI's Linux driver and that it would be enabled in the October driver. Looking at the default AMDPCSDB (AMD Persistent Configuration Driver Store Data-Base) in this driver for Ubuntu 8.10 there is indeed the Unified Video Decoder (2) option and it's enabled.
15 October 2008 - XvMC & HD Video Acceleration Arrives - 5 Comments

Open-Source ATI R500 PowerPlay Support

Behind open-source 3D acceleration for the ATI R600 and R700 series, improved power management has been a much sought after feature among those using the open-source xf86-video-ati and xf86-video-radeonhd drivers. There has been Dynamic Clocks support since earlier this year, but it's not nearly as advanced PowerPlay found within the Catalyst driver. We are now though getting closer to reaching open-source PowerPlay support.
8 October 2008 - It's Experimental, But It's There - 18 Comments

AMD Splits, Launches The Foundry Company

Since Advanced Micro Devices acquired ATI Technologies back in 2006 they have experienced some financial hardship over this $5 billion USD purchase. In hopes of turning around this situation, AMD has announced this morning they have split themselves from their manufacturing facilities as part of their Asset Smart strategy.
7 October 2008 - AMD Goes Into Asset Smart Strategy - 8 Comments

LM_Sensors Patch Supports AMD 45nm CPUs

LM_Sensors 3.0.3 was just released earlier this week, but a rather interesting patch has appeared today on the LM_Sensors mailing list. Back in July an AMD Phenom Thermal Linux driver was made for LM_Sensors, but today's patch adds the AMD Phenom 10h support to the k8temp driver. Additionally, this patch also provides thermal monitoring support for AMD's 11h processors.
1 October 2008 - AMD 10h and 11h CPUs In k8temp - 1 Comment

Looking Forward To UVD On Linux?

After slides had leaked out onto the Internet last month that AMD is going to support playing high-definition multimedia content on Linux, we had talked a bit more about UVD for Linux. There are two shared libraries already shipping with the AMD Catalyst Linux Suite, libAMDXvBA.so.1.o and libXvBAW.so.1.o, that reference XvMC and UVD2 (Unified Video Decoder 2) but they aren't yet being utilized by the proprietary driver. If those slides are to be believed, however, the official high-definition video support (such as Blu-Ray) will arrive this month in Catalyst 8.10.
1 October 2008 - HD Video Support On Linux This Month - 17 Comments

Eight Monitors With ATI Linux Graphics

With the most recent Catalyst 8.9 Linux driver release there is support for MultiView on FireGL and FirePRO graphics cards. This allows the user to use multiple graphics cards together in order to build a single X server that spans all of these displays. With some motherboards such as the ASUS P5E64 WS Professional having four PCI Express x16 slots, you can have four graphics cards and if each one provides two DVI ports you then can have yourself an eight-monitor setup. Each monitor can be configured through the AMD Catalyst Control Center Linux Edition.
20 September 2008 - MultiView Goodness - 4 Comments

AMD's UVD2 & XvMC For Linux?

Last month the Catalyst 8.8 Linux driver was released with CrossFire For Linux (including support for the Radeon HD 4870 X2) and OverDrive-based overclocking. In that article we also shared two new interesting libraries appeared within the driver package: libAMDXvBA.so.1.o and libXvBAW.so.1.o.
4 September 2008 - Unified Video Decoding For Linux - 20 Comments

Celebrating A Year Of Open-Source ATI

This week marks the one year anniversary since AMD had announced its open-source strategy and in two weeks will mark the anniversary of the xf86-video-radeonhd code release that contained R500 and R600 mode-setting support, but not much more. Celebrating this one year milestone was a celebration with Luc Verhaegen, Jerome Glisse, and Egbert Eich during XDS 2008 at the The Bad Ass pub in Edinburgh, Scotland.
3 September 2008 - One Year Of Open-Source Support - 5 Comments

Open-Source 3D Success For Radeon RV770

We have just found out from AMD's John Bridgman that Alex Deucher, one of their open-source engineers, has today successfully rendered its first hardware-accelerated triangle on the Radeon HD 4800 series (RV770). In other words, the first open-source 3D milestone for this latest graphics card family from ATI!
27 August 2008 - First Triangle Drawn For HD 4800 Series - 12 Comments

Open-Source Radeon Driver Improvements

For those following the xf86-video-ati developments or use this open-source Radeon driver for their graphics card, you may want to check out the latest development code. Committed to its git branch today was a lot of new work from Alex Deucher, Dennis Kasprzyk, David Airlie, Egbert Eich, and Corbin Simpson.
25 August 2008 - A Number Of New Commits - 11 Comments

RadeonHD Driver Switches To AtomBIOS

A month ago we had shared that the RadeonHD driver would be switching to AtomBIOS, or the ATI video BIOS abstraction layer used since their R400 series graphics cards, and today they have completed this code merger. The Novell developers behind the RadeonHD driver have long preferred the route of banging on the registers directly than relying upon this closed-source (aside from the open-source parser) framework, but they had folded due to pressure from AMD with the time it's taken to support new GPUs and the developers behind held up waiting on register documentation to arrive.
12 August 2008 - "Powered By AtomBIOS" - 5 Comments

AMD Announces The ATI FirePro Series

In time for SIGGRAPH 2008, AMD has announced the ATI FirePro series with the FirePro V3700 and V5700 being the first two products. However, unlike many of their FireGL graphics cards, the prices on these two announced FirePro parts aren't that bad. The FirePro V3700 will cost a mere $99 USD while the V5700 will be $599 USD. These new workstation graphics cards support DisplayPort, OpenGL 2.1, and PCI Express 2.0. The FirePro series will start shipping in September so we expect there will be Linux support for these graphics cards by Catalyst 8.11. More on the FirePro series can be found in the press release and FirePro product page.
7 August 2008 - Another Line Of Workstation GPUs - 2 Comments

AMD Launches 790GX / Radeon HD 3300

Back in March we had benchmarked the ATI Radeon HD 3200, which is an integrated graphics processor (IGP) built into AMD's 780G motherboard chipset for use with Phenom processors (but is also backwards compatible with early AMD AM2 CPUs). We were pleased with the performance of the Radeon HD 3200 IGP, but today AMD has introduced the 790GX Chipset with Radeon HD 3300 graphics.
6 August 2008 - AMD Introduces A Faster IGP - 4 Comments

RadeonHD CS Driver Gets EXA Love

For the past two weeks we've been talking about the RadeonHD Command Submission branch that changes all of the driver's command sequencing calls into inline functions in order to offer dramatically improved performance. This branch of the xf86-video-radeonhd driver also presents a command submission infrastructure using the GPU's command processor (CP) for the R500 (Radeon X1000) series using MMIO (Memory Mapped I/O).
4 August 2008 - EXA Composite/Render Acceleration - 10 Comments

RadeonHD CS Driver Gets EXA Improvements

For those interested in playing with the latest open-source ATI code but don't want to dive into kernel mode-setting or the new AtomBIOS parser, you may want to test out the CS branch. The CS branch was started last week by Luc Verhaegen as it turns all calls made by the driver into macros. This was done due to GCC not optimizing the inline functions within the xf86-video-radeonhd driver on OpenSuSE, but now the performance of these calls is much more efficient. This driver branch also introduces a command submission infrastructure for R500 MMIO (Memory Mapped I/O) to allow the use of the GPU's CP (Command Processor) without depending upon DRM (Direct Rendering Manager).
29 July 2008 - EXA Upload/Download From Screen - 6 Comments

Christmas Comes In July For An Open ATI

Many Linux users will be celebrating the Christmas holiday in five months, but it seems there's a holiday worth celebrating today for open-source ATI Linux users.
25 July 2008 - Kernel-based Mode-Setting!!! - 43 Comments

RadeonHD Driver Gets "CS" Branch

There are already separate branches of the xf86-video-radeonhd driver for AtomBIOS support and another one for improved 2D acceleration, but today we have yet another branch. This new branch is called "CS" and what it does is change all calls within the driver for the command sequences (the "CS") into macros.
23 July 2008 - Another Branch Of Radeon Driver - 3 Comments

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