AMD News Archives
Many Linux users have expressed concern over ATI's Catalyst Linux drivers for various reasons, but most of these users seem to be taking the wrong approach. These users express their disapproval and seek improvements by flaming on forums, forming petitions, bombarding the BugZilla, and using the ATI feedback form. However, this isn't really effective. On Michael's Phoronix web-blog he has outlined some strategies for actively engaging ATI/AMD's OEM/ODM/AIB partners in seeking Linux display driver improvements. He also states that at least one major OEM is interested in improved Linux drivers, but they are afraid of adverse effects to the Windows Catalyst drivers.
20 March 2007
Today I heard from Daniel Stone who is one of the people working on the R500 reverse engineering. At this point they are still in the early stages of this new driver but within a few weeks they hope the register dumps will become useful... More Information.
5 March 2007
AMD has today launched the new 690 series Chipset. The AMD 690 Chipset incorporates a ATI Radeon X1250 GPU (including Avivo!) and much more for use with AMD processors. The AMD press release is available here. Phoronix will be covering the AMD 690 Chipset under Linux in the near future.
28 February 2007
David Airlie has announced from his blog that he has merged the ATI RandR 1.2 code into the ATI tree in the 1.2 branch. In his blog entry he had also expressed disappointment for this code as it relies upon the old Radeon system with two CRTCs to two outputs. As a result, Airlie has started his own randr-1.2-tng branch.
25 February 2007
AMD 8.34.8 Display Driver Review. Forum Link. AMD Linux Link.
21 February 2007
If you are interested in running the AMD fglrx display drivers with Fedora 7 (Test 1), Michael Larabel is providing details on this process at MichaelLarabel.com. At the time of posting this news entry, he is still working on verifying that the new packaging scripts are working with Fedora 7. Stay tuned.
2 February 2007
It looks like AMD/ATI is working on improving the fireglcontrolpanel, which right now lacks a ton of functionality. However, reports are saying that AMD is working on a new Qt Catalyst Control Panel for Linux, which is rumored to be completed by the end of the calendar year. More information is available in the Phoronix Forums.
30 January 2007
Coming across this Digg article yesterday afternoon I found many of the comments to be quite inaccurate (and in some cases comical). A majority of the comments consisted of users bashing the fglrx drivers by typing a variety of obscenities. Those that had bothered to explain themselves were mostly disturbed due to the lack of Composite and Beryl/Compiz support. But does this really equate to the driver being evil and ATI/AMD not caring about their customers? Additional comments on this situation can be read at MichaelLarabel.com.
30 January 2007
After publishing our NVIDIA AYiR 2006 earlier this month, we have now posted our ATI AYiR 2006. This nine page piece covers and re-tests all twelve of the fglrx display drivers released this year. We also share a few details about the forecast for ATI next year when it comes to their Linux software. This article can be discussed here and Digged here.
21 December 2006
CNET News has constructed a 2006 year in review for open-source. Among the worthy highlights for this year in regards to open-source software was the public debate on the GNU GPL v3 license, Sun Microsystems picks the GPL for Java, and Microsoft making a Linux pact with Novell. Be sure to share your thoughts on this year's open-source news in the Phoronix Forums.
20 December 2006
Advanced Micro Devices has released the ATI fglrx 8.31.5 Linux display driver. This new driver brings X11R72 support, official Radeon X1950 series support added, and quite a few bug fixes. The latest Linux display drivers for x86 and x86_64 along with accessing the release notes can be accessed from the Proprietary ATI Linux Driver page. The Phoronix review of these drivers can be found here along with Radeon X1950PRO Linux benchmarks. If you run into issues or want to share your thoughts on these drivers, be sure to stop by the forums.
13 December 2006
AMD has jumped on the 65nm bandwagon today by releasing four AMD Athlon 64 X2 (AM2) processors using their 65nm SOI (Silicon On Insulator) process. These four models include the X2 5000+, 4800+, 4400+, and 4000+. By the middle of 2007, Advanced Micro Devices hopes to fully convert Fab 36 to 65nm production. Today's press release can be read here.
5 December 2006
AMD's long awaited Quad FX platform has made its premiere this morning in the form of an AMD press release. The Quad FX is essentially two AMD Athlon 64 FX-70 series processors (also released today) and communicating with each other using DSDCA (Dual Socket Direct Connect Architecture) to offer a total of four physical cores. While it does use Socket F, the memory does not need to be ECC registered, but rather uses traditional DDR2 with Non-Uniform Memory Access support. The maker of the Chipset is actually NVIDIA and not ATI. The Quad FX platform also boasts NVIDIA Scalable Link Interface (SLI). The slowest in the AMD Athlon 64 FX-70 series is the FX-70 itself at $599 USD per processor, while the FX-72 and FX-74 are $799 and $999 respectively. All hardware for this platform is available today. If four cores aren't enough to suit your demanding needs, you may be interested in dual Intel Xeon 5300 Clovertowns, which will give you an octal core system.
30 November 2006
AMD has issued the new fglrx display drivers -- coming only two weeks after 8.30.3. The changes are minimal though there is improved X-Video performance for Radeon X1000 products. The Phoronix review can be read here. Meanwhile join in on the discussion here and the release notes are at AMD.
15 November 2006
AMD/ATI has today pushed out the fglrx 8.30.3 drivers. No new features are in this October 2006 release but there are a few bug fixes, and the Fedora packager now supports Fedora Core 6 Zod. The 8.30.3 Phoronix review can be found here, and the public discussion here.
31 October 2006
Advanced Micro Device's acquisition of ATI Technologies is now complete. This $5.4 billion (USD) deal took months to complete but is now complete. With this deal now complete in 2007 AMD and ATI expect to deliver integrated platforms. They are also continuing to develop their x86 processor that integrates a CPU and GPU at the silicon level. This project has been codenamed "Fusion", and isn't expected to reach the public market until late 2008 or early 2009. No word was mentioned in the press release of open-sourcing any parts of the ATI graphics drivers. AMD's press release announcing the completed acquisition and future intentions can be found here.
25 October 2006
ATI Technologies has today introduced a new mid-range contender in the Radeon X1k series. The ATI Radeon X1950 PRO has been introduced with a price of $199 USD, while still supporting CrossFire, HDCP-compliant, and the assortment of other X1000 Family features. The ATI X1950 PRO press release can be found here.
17 October 2006
With Fedora Core 6 coming out tomorrow, over at the Redblog I have published a patch to allow the latest ATI fglrx drivers (8.29.6) to run successfully on FC6. This patch is needed in order for the RPMs to build correctly, and a how-to guide is available that documents all of the steps needed to setup the drivers. Simply download the script from the blog, and if all development libraries are installed, the script will automatically update the packaging scripts and take care of everything. This should allow for a much smoother upgrade experience. The blog entry can be read here.
16 October 2006
After this morning's meeting in Canada, ATI Shareholders have approved of AMD's acquisition of ATI Technologies. More than 99% of those who voted were in favor of this move. The AMD + ATI transaction is expected to be completed the week of October 23, 2006. The press release can be found here.
13 October 2006
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
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