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AMD Releases R700 Instruction Set Architecture

Back in January there was the release of the R600/700 3D documentation that is being used along with some open-source code to begin powering up the Radeon HD 2000/3000/4000 hardware with OpenGL acceleration support in Mesa. Some of this code should be out soon, but this past week AMD has released some more NDA-free documentation. This time the documentation concerns the R700 Instruction Set Architecture (ISA).
29 March 2009 - More AMD Documentation - 8 Comments

ATI Linux Drivers Gain Support For Unreleased RS880

AMD's current flagship offering when it comes to integrated ATI graphics is the Radeon HD 3300 / 790GX. This IGP was introduced last fall as a minor refresh to the Radeon HD 3200 / 780G Chipset. As something new for consumers to consider, soon it looks like AMD will be introducing the RS880. The RS880 will likely have a marketing name within the Radeon HD 4000 series and will be their fastest integrated graphics solution, well, for now.
22 March 2009 - RS880 IGP Coming Soon - 15 Comments

AMD's Legacy Driver Will Not Support X Server 1.6

Early this morning we shared that AMD is dropping R300 through R500 support in the Catalyst driver. Beginning with the Catalyst 9.4 release, the Windows and Linux drivers will only support the R600 and R700 series (and eventually, R800) of ATI Radeon graphics processors. However, when writing that article we had no official response whether the Catalyst 9.3 legacy driver would support X Server 1.6. We can confirm now, however, that the R300-500 series legacy driver will not support this newest X.Org server release.
5 March 2009 - We Know That For Sure - 56 Comments

RadeonHD Driver Takes A Blow In Novell Layoffs

Due to the tough economic conditions around the world, Novell last month began slashing some of their workforce. With that reduction, a good percentage of the paid OpenSuSE developers were laid off. As a major blow to the development of the open-source ATI graphics stack, one of the key RadeonHD driver developers has been lost. The key xf86-video-radeonhd developers from the start of this driver have been Luc Verhaegen, Matthias Hopf, and Egbert Eich. Well, there are now just two key Novell developers left working on the RadeonHD project.
2 March 2009 - At Least One Developer Lost - 42 Comments

Arch Linux Revolts Against ATI Catalyst Driver

While AMD continues to improve the ATI Catalyst Linux driver from where they were at years ago by introducing new features like CrossFire and OpenGL 3.0 support while addressing outstanding bugs, no Linux graphics driver is yet in a perfect state. As a result from our post yesterday we have read many driver complaints for both ATI and NVIDIA on Linux. However, the Arch Linux developers in particularly have become fed up with AMD/ATI and their proprietary driver.
1 March 2009 - To Be Removed From Core - 85 Comments

R600/700 EXA & X-Video Code Merged To Master

In late December AMD had released R600/700 3D code that allowed open-source triangles to be drawn and a AtomBIOS decompiler also came out of Novell just a few days later. In late January we were then greeted by public R600/700 3D documentation. While no working 3D support has yet to appear in the Mesa stack, the 2D EXA acceleration and X-Video support has matured relatively quickly. This work has now made its way into the mainline code for the open-source ATI stack.
26 February 2009 - 2D Acceleration, X-Video Support

Catalyst 9.2 Released, Still Fails To Deliver XvBA

A day after the ATI Catalyst 9.2 driver update was issued for Windows, Catalyst 9.2 for Linux is now available. However, there really isn't much at all to see with this release. There are no new features, but there are sixteen known resolved issues. None of the fixes in this proprietary Linux driver update are particularly interesting.
20 February 2009 - Not Much To See Here... - 164 Comments

xf86-video-ati 6.11.0 Driver Released

Just a week ago there was a new release candidate for the xf86-video-ati driver, but today the ATI 6.11.0 driver has been officially unveiled. Worth noting in this open-source X.Org driver update is a CRTC/output/encoder rework and Render extension repeat mode fixes. The xf86-video-ati 6.11.0 driver also has quite a few bug fixes since the release of xf86-video-ati 6.10, which happened just a month and a half ago.
18 February 2009 - Open-Source Driver Update - 18 Comments

Rewriting The Radeon 3D Support In Mesa

David Airlie as part of his work at Red Hat has been rewriting a fair chunk of the Radeon 3D driver support in Mesa. In the radeon-rewrite branch of Mesa, David has been adding support for bufmgr to all three of the Radeon 3D drivers (going back to the ATI R100/200 series) while working with our without a kernel memory manager. With this rewritten code, it's also being worked on for adding DRI2 and FBO (Frame Buffer Object) support. This work is also needed for the GEM (Graphics Execution Manager) support.
12 February 2009 - Improves The Code Quality - 2 Comments

A 3D Understanding Of ATI's R600/700 Series

Late last year AMD had released R600/700 3D code and in late January had then released R600 3D register documentation to begin work on an open-source driver stack supporting the latest ATI Radeon GPUs with 3D acceleration. One of AMD's partners in this open-source work has been Novell, which wrote an open-source utility to begin sending 3D commands to the GPU in a very primitive form and to analyze the different operations. This utility is called r600_demo, which we explain in full detail here.
12 February 2009 - r600_demo Shows It Off - 20 Comments

Open-Source ATI Driver Nears New Release

Alex Deucher has announced a new release candidate for the next xf86-video-ati driver release. The xf86-video-ati 6.11 release has a major rework when it comes to the display output code along with a memory corruption fix for the ATI RS780 memory controller. There are also quite a few bug-fixes in this first xf86-video-ati 6.11 RC1 build. The full change-log can be found on the X.Org mailing list.
10 February 2009 - xf86-video-ati 6.11 Coming Soon - 7 Comments

AMD Releases DDR3-based Phenom Processors

AMD this morning has announced five new Phenom II processors. What is special about these processors, however, is that they use the Socket AM3 and they support DDR3 system memory rather than the DDR2 memory type they had long been using. There are Phenom II X3 and Phenom II X4 processors that now support DDR3 memory. Of course, with these new AM3 processors from AMD you will need a new supportive motherboard. Sadly, however, we have none of these new Phenom II processors from Linux so we are unable to tell you anything about their Linux support -- no performance figures or even if they work at all. Hopefully the troubles aren't there like when the Phenom was first introduced on Linux.
9 February 2009 - Sadly, We Have None To Test - 5 Comments

AMD Releases R600/700 3D Documentation

In late December, AMD had released open-source R600/700 code used to begin supporting 2D and 3D acceleration for the latest ATI graphics processors under Linux using an open-source stack. This code in its initial form just provided basic but fast 2D acceleration and on the 3D side was only able to draw triangles. This month an AMD Video BIOS Disassembler was released by Novell, which is one of AMD's open-source partners. This evening, however, AMD has released its R600 3D specifications to the general public.
26 January 2009 - Program Them New GPUs! - 76 Comments

xf86-video-ati 6.10.0 Released

AMD's Alex Deucher has announced the release of the xf86-video-ati 6.10.0 driver. This open-source ATI graphics driver update brings forth bi-cubic scaling on R300/400/500/690 chipsets, new ASICs are supported by this DDX driver, reduced X-Video tearing, and quite a few bug-fixes.
6 January 2009 - New Open-Source ATI Driver - 18 Comments

xf86-video-ati 6.9.1 Release Candidate

It's been nearly six months since xf86-video-ati 6.9.0 was released, but we're finally nearing a new version of this open-source ATI driver. David Airlie has announced the release of the first xf86-video-ati 6.9.1 release candidate.
22 December 2008 - It's About Time - 7 Comments

R500-700 TV-Out Coming To X.Org Radeon Driver

David Airlie has shared that he's been working on the TV-Out support for the xf86-video-ati driver on the newer card generations. Last year there was Radeon TV-Out support for the older ATI graphics cards, but David Airlie now has it working on the R500/600 series and is about ready with the R700 series support.
17 December 2008 - It's In A Branch Right Now - 7 Comments

RadeonHD 1.2.4 Driver Released

While the Novell developers responsible for the xf86-video-radeonhd driver have been busy working on OpenSuSE 11.1, we have managed to get a new driver point release before the end of the year. Matthias Hopf has this morning announced the availability of the RadeonHD 1.2.4 driver.
12 December 2008 - Though We Still Have No R600/700 3D! - 32 Comments

Radeon Driver Gets Tear-Free X-Video

While there still is no open-source R600/700 3D documentation or code, Pierre Ossman and AMD's Alex Deucher working on the xf86-video-ati driver have added a feature that should please those with already supported GPUs. They have added what should be tear-free X-Video support!
5 December 2008 - Will It Work This Time? - 52 Comments

ATI RV770 Mesa DRI Driver Started

AMD has yet to go through their final intellectual property review on the R600/700 3D documentation that could yield open ATI R600/700 3D graphics by Christmas (though the chances of this happening are slimming), but Novell's Hatthias Hopf has provided a status update to report that they have internally begun work on an RV770 DRI driver for Mesa.
26 November 2008 - But No Public Code, Yet - 11 Comments

RadeonHD Driver Picks Up Rotation Support

Egbert Eich has announced this morning on the RadeonHD mailing list that rotation support has been added to this open-source ATI R500+ driver. This is a feature requested by many to be able to rotate the screen using RandR with the xf86-video-radeonhd driver, which is now possible. It is recommended that if you're using the rotation option that you use EXA acceleration. In addition, the panning mode currently isn't supported when using the rotation support. This support can currently be found in git master and will appear in the next stable release of the RadeonHD driver.
19 November 2008 - But No Rotation+Panning Support - 3 Comments

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