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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.
4 October 2006
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.
20 September 2006
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.
7 September 2006
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.
29 August 2006
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.
23 August 2006
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.
24 July 2006
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.
20 July 2006
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)
26 June 2006
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.
6 June 2006
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!
31 May 2006
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.
30 May 2006
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.
26 May 2006
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.
23 May 2006
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
23 May 2006
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.
17 May 2006
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.
17 May 2006
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.
5 May 2006
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.
4 May 2006
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.
2 May 2006
Hitting the wire just minutes ago was an official announcement from ATI of a completely new line of FireGL graphics cards designed for professional users. These low-to-high end models range from 128MB cards to solutions with 1024MB of video memory. In addition, all of these new FireGL products are based upon ATI's new architecture and they also bring fourth professional support for Avivo. The new solutions launched today from ATI include the FireGL V3300, V3400, V5200, and V7200. Some of the new features incorporated in these cards are a 10-bit display pipeline capable of rendering scenes with over a billion colors, High dynamic range, and dual-link output. This launch taking place today is a hard launch and the solutions should be appearing at stores today as well as inside workstations. Announced already by ATI's Investor Relations is word that Hewlett-Packard will be using the new FireGL products in their latest desk and mobile side workstations. The ATI Linux 8.24.8 display drivers launched earlier this month (with X1000 support) are not expected to be compatible with the new FireGL products. However, we do anticipate that supportive Linux drivers for the FireGL line-up will arrive very shortly. The ATI press release can be found here.
24 April 2006
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