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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

AMD Catalyst 8.7 Linux Driver Released

Since last month's release of Catalyst 8.6 for Linux we've seen the introduction of the Radeon HD 4850 and 4870 graphics cards and we've been allowed to share with you that CrossFire is coming to Linux along with other yet to be announced features. Today AMD has released the Catalyst 8.7 Linux driver and it doesn't deliver any new ground-breaking features, but it does bring a few improvements.
21 July 2008 - What About The New Features?

AMD Phenom Gets Linux Thermal Driver

While AMD's financial outlook has been bleak with it closing down 12% today, if you're a Linux user -- particularly one with a quad-core Phenom processor -- there is good news to report from the AMD camp.
18 July 2008 - Finally Temperature Monitoring Arrives! - 1 Comment

Tear-Free Acceleration For ATI EXA, Xv

For those of you that have been using the open-source xf86-video-ati driver, need we remind you of its rapidly-improving state and feature set? One of the latest additions to this open-source ATI driver that supports the old ATI R100 graphics cards up through the new Radeon HD 4800 series (RV770) is tear-free acceleration. The current implementation of this tear-free acceleration is for EXA and Textured Video (X-Video) and should eliminate any "tearing" issues that some users experience. This code isn't yet found in the master branch of its development git repository, but can be acquired through the vsync_accel branch. Alex Deucher, the mastermind behind this latest code, has described this improvement on his blog.
16 July 2008 - xf86-video-ati Gets New Improvements - 120 Comments

ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 "R700" Unveiled

This morning an embargo expired covering AMD's newest high-end graphics card, the ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 (codenamed the "R700"). Like the Radeon HD 3870 X2, this new X2 variant just combines two of AMD's high-end GPUs on a single PCB and connected via CrossFire. The Radeon HD 4870 X2 with its dual RV770 cores aren't available today, but it will start shipping later this summer.
14 July 2008 - New Dual GPU Graphics Card On Linux

Hard-Coded ATI RV770 Support Arrives

Earlier this week we reported on RadeonHD driver support for the RV770 with the Radeon HD 4850 and Radeon HD 4870 graphics cards. This support arrived within the RadeonHD driver's new AtomBIOS branch that relies upon ATI's video BIOS abstraction layer as opposed to "banging the registers" and interfacing with the hardware directly. However, the lead developer of the xf86-video-radeonhd driver has back-ported the RV770 support using these hard-coded paths.
12 July 2008 - For Those That Fear AtomBIOS

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