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While we were hopeful that AMD would release the next set of GPU documentation in time for Christmas, we've just been informed that the pending M76 / RS690 specifications will be released by the end of next week. As we mentioned with the RadeonHD 1.1 driver release, this drop will also contain sample code so that DRM work can be underway for the ATI R500 and R600 series. We'll share the complete details on this drop once it has occurred. This will be the second documentation drop since AMD announced they would be providing specifications without NDAs. The first drop had consisted of 900+ pages of register reference guides for the M56 and RV630.
25 December 2007 - Merry Christmas & Happy New Year - 53 Comments
On top of AMD releasing the Catalyst 7.12 Linux driver, the ATI 6.7.197 driver being released, and the AtomBIOS R500/600 support being merged to master, the RadeonHD driver is beginning to support the RV670 GPU, which is used by the Radeon HD 3850 and Radeon HD 3870. The PCI IDs have been added as well as adding the PLL control values, TMDSB electrical values, and TMDSA electrical values. If you're using one of these new ATI PCI Express 2.0 graphics cards, be sure to check out the latest code from the xf86-video-radeonhd git tree.
21 December 2007 - Open-Source Radeon HD 3850/3870
Following the release of xf86-video-ati 6.7.197 just moments ago, David Airlie has merged the AtomBIOS support branch back to the xf86-video-ati master branch. What this means is that the Radeon X1000 (R500) and HD 2000 (R600) support (even with the Radeon HD 2900XT) is now in the mainline Radeon driver and when using git you no longer need to switch to this separate branch and will be included in the ATI 6.7.198 driver release and later. This AtomBIOS branch merge can be viewed on the FreeDesktop.org gitweb. If you run into problems with the latest xf86-video-ati code, report it in the Radeon IRC channel and you can also share your experiences on the Phoronix Forums.
20 December 2007 - AtomBIOS Branch Merged To Master - 20 Comments
If NVIDIA releasing the 169.07 driver and AMD releasing the ATI Catalyst 7.12 driver wasn't enough today, the xf86-video-ati 6.7.197 driver is now available for download. We reported earlier this week that this new release candidate would be coming and today it finally has arrived. Since the ATI 6.7.196 RC release, there have been over three dozen changes to the xf86-video-ati driver. Some of the major changes in this release include improved PLL handling, better notebook lid detection via Linux ACPI, fixed EXA transforms, improved Mac support, and a good number of bug fixes. The release announcement can be read on the X.Org mailing list.
20 December 2007 - Yet Another Driver Release Today
The xf86-video-radeonhd driver has today received support to handle HDMI (High Definition Media Interface) connectors. While if you've used a DVI to HDMI dongle with the RadeonHD driver it would have worked already (as we shared in our recent ATI HDMI Linux article) this support is for those with integrated connectors. As the git commit says, HDMI connectors are treated like DVI connectors and this is just a simple patch that adds this to the RadeonHD AtomBIOS code. The Novell developers behind the RadeonHD driver haven't officially tested this method, so be sure to report your successes (or failures) to the RadeonHD IRC channel.
18 December 2007 - ...With A Quick AtomBIOS Patch - 7 Comments
The xf86-video-ati 6.7.196 driver was released about a month ago, but Alex Deucher has reported that he soon will be releasing v6.7.197 of this open-source Radeon driver. This driver will be released in the coming days and does include a few interesting changes. The xf86-video-ati 6.7.197 driver will include improved PLL handling, better lid status support on Linux, fixed EXA transforms, support for more Mac graphics cards, cursor rotation fixes, and bug fixes. This announcement was made on Alex Deucher's blog.
17 December 2007 - Changes Worth Checking Out
If you've been trying out the latest alpha builds of Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron" and are using the ATI binary driver, you may want to check out the latest packaging scripts from Phorogit. For Ubuntu users, there is now 8.04 support so you can run --buildpkg Ubuntu/hardy or --buildpkg Ubuntu/8.04 for building your Debian packages. The Ubuntu packaging scripts also now utilize DKMS support (Dynamic Kernel Module Support), for easily rebuilding the fglrx package upon Linux kernel upgrades. DKMS for fglrx in Ubuntu no longer makes it necessary to use the module-assistant installation routine. These Ubuntu packaging script updates (and others) will be present in this month's ATI Catalyst 7.12 release for Linux.
14 December 2007 - It's As Easy As --buildpkg Ubuntu/8.04 - 5 Comments
ASUS, a long-time sponsor of Phoronix, has sent out their latest ATI graphics cards, which consist of the EAH3850 TOP and EAH3870 TOP. These two graphics cards are factory-overclocked compared to the reference Radeon HD 3850 and HD 3870 specifications. Last month when the Radeon HD 3800 series was introduced we shared with you that there wouldn't be immediate support but that it should be here soon.
11 December 2007 - We've Got 'Em Here For Testing - 7 Comments
Jerome Glisse, the mastermind behind the open-source R500 Avivo driver, has published the first bits of code on his latest project: kernel mode-setting support for Radeon graphics cards. This latest work is supported by all Radeon product families except for the R500/600. In addition, also lacking is the CRTC2, TMDS, and LVDS support. On Jerome's TODO list is also separate GPU clock control support, suspend / resume, and AtomBIOS support. The Radeon kernel mode-setting support can be checked out via git from git://people.freedesktop.org/~glisse/drm in the modesetting-radeon branch.
4 December 2007 - Jerome Glisse Is At It Again
Back on Thursday, November 29 the RadeonHD 1.0 driver was released and not even a week later it can now be found inside the Ubuntu 8.04 "Universe" repository. Previously the Ubuntu repository had RadeonHD 0.0.4. As of this morning, xserver-xorg-video-radeonhd is at version 1.0. While if you're using the development branch of Ubuntu you're all set, for those using Ubuntu 7.10 are stuck to RadeonHD v0.0.1. If you'd like to share your RadeonHD experiences be sure to stop by the Open-Source ATI/AMD Forum.
4 December 2007 - Ubuntu 7.10 Is A Different Story - 6 Comments
While if you're a loyal Phoronix reader you should already know most of the information discussed in this interview, Beyond3D recently chatted with AMD's John Bridgman about the RadeonHD driver and their new open-source position. The interview talks about why AMD is suddenly interested in open-source support, why the fglrx driver will not be opened up, how the two drivers will coexist with one another, no UVD programming information will be released, and more. For more information on the current status of the RadeonHD driver be sure to check out our graphics articles, RadeonHD news posts, and the Phoronix Forums, where John Bridgman and other open-source X developers are active members. Logs of the RadeonHD IRC channel are also available from RadeonHD.org.
3 December 2007 - Open-Source, Specifications, & More - 26 Comments
While Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 1 won't ship with the open-source RadeonHD driver by default, it's easily obtainable through the Ubuntu Universe Repository. In Ubuntu 7.10 there is even the RadeonHD driver in Gutsy, but it's quite out of date. In fact, the RadeonHD version for Gutsy is v0.0.1, which is long before the RandR 1.2 support and other driver changes. However, found in the Ubuntu Hardy repository right now is the 0.0.4~git20071124-1 driver (RadeonHD v0.0.4). Though the displayconfig-gtk found in this first Ubuntu 8.04 development release doesn't support RadeonHD.
29 November 2007 - It's As Easy As Apt-Get Install! - 1 Comment
If you haven't stumbled across the link already, at Phoronix we have established RadeonHD.org. RadeonHD.org has been established as a site dedicated to IRC archives for the Radeon and RadeonHD IRC channels. We've been logging the channels in real-time since earlier this week and we will continue to do so. By going to the site you're able to browse the archives for previous dates as well as using the search functionality found in each log. Both #radeon and #radeonhd can be connected to through FreeNode, and the Radeon IRC channel was just established a few days ago. In the near future we will be rolling out more browsing features at RadeonHD.org.
25 November 2007 - It's All At RadeonHD.org
Following the RandR 1.2 integration earlier this week, the RadeonHD v0.0.4 driver has been released. In addition to the RandR 1.2 support from master, RadeonHD v0.0.4 also features LVDS support on RS690 GPUs and later. What this means is that this open-source driver should now properly work with notebooks that use the M72, M74, M76, or RS690 ASICs. This release also includes a large number of fixes and simplification of the connector naming scheme. The RadeonHD v0.0.4 announcement can be found on the mailing list and the code can be checked out (as always) from FreeDesktop.org git.
23 November 2007 - More Open-Source ATI Action - 2 Comments
The initial-randr branch for x86-video-radeonhd has been merged into master. What this means is that you no longer need to checkout this separate branch but that all of the RandR 1.2 support is now in the mainline code for this open-source driver. The RadeonHD driver provides full RandR 1.2 support and even some initial work for RandR 1.3. The OpenSuSE mailing list announcement goes into detail about this work and what to do if you run into any RandR problems. A new RadeonHD driver release may be out as soon as early next week.
21 November 2007 - Even Some RandR 1.3 Love - 7 Comments
Since the AtomBIOS branch appeared for the xf86-video-ati driver and the R500 support for DRM (the announcement), we've been trying out this open-source software on a variety of different ATI Radeon graphics cards. As we reported a few hours ago, the xf86-video-ati driver is working with the high-end HD 2900XT 512MB graphics card. We have now tried it out on multiple Radeon X1800 series graphics cards and it was running great there too. Using XAA acceleration was very smooth though with EXA we have ran into a few issues with the DRM R500 branch causing slowdowns. When trying out an ATI Radeon X800XL with the AtomBIOS branch (since the AtomBIOS support goes back to the R400 series) we have ran into TMDS issues. The exploration will continue and we'll report back soon with more findings and possible benchmarks.
20 November 2007 - New Branch Works Great For R500 - 5 Comments
While all of the open-source rage for the ATI R500 and R600 series has been about the official RadeonHD driver, it seems that the Radeon (as in xf86-video-ati) driver will support these new ATI GPU families as well. David Airlie has established an atombios-support branch in xf86-video-ati and a r500-support branch in DRM. David Airlie and Alex Deucher have been working on introducing AtomBIOS support to the Radeon driver for the R400/500/600 series and Radeon acceleration support for the R500 (Radeon X1000) family. The Radeon driver now supports XAA and EXA with the R500 graphics cards. 3D is not supported, however, it is being worked on. This AtomBIOS branch does support RandR 1.2 as well as dual-link TMDS outputs, and external TMDS chips on the R400 GPUs. David had mentioned that open-source 3D support on the R500 series through the Radeon driver should be possible in the near future and that Compiz support should come sooner rather than later. Read more on David Airlie's blog.
20 November 2007 - READ: Radeon... Not RadeonHD - 48 Comments
A Wiki page over at X.Org has been established for the RadeonHD driver. This Wiki page describes the driver along with all supported GPUs, links to the mailing list, git repository, and IRC channel, the general steps to install the xf86-video-radeonhd driver, and common problems during the driver build process. Check out the RadeonHD Wiki.
20 November 2007 - RadeonHD Wiki At X.Org
This morning AMD has introduced their new cutting-edge PC platform that's codenamed "Spider". The Spider platform consists of AMD's Phenom quad-core processors, ATI Radeon HD 3800 graphics, and the AMD 7-series chipsets. The AMD Phenom processors are quad-core and based upon Direct Connection Architecture with an embedded memory controller with DDR2-1066 support and shared L3 cache. More information on the new AMD Phenom processors and chipsets can be found in today's press release. In the near future we hope to share with you how well the AMD Spider platform performs under Linux and whether there's any compatibility troubles with their new AMD 790FX Chipset.
19 November 2007 - AMD Phenom, HD 3800, 790FX - 13 Comments
Alex Deucher, a free software developer who lately is responsible for much of the work on the xf86-video-ati driver, has today announced that he has joined AMD. Beginning next month, Alex Deucher will be an AMD employee and will be working on the AMD's open-source initiatives. He will be working on the open-source ATI drivers and working with the open-source community at large. Alex had announced this on his personal blog. Last week at Phoronix we reported that AMD was hiring personnel for their open-source work.
19 November 2007 - AMD Has A New Linux Employee - 3 Comments
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