After teasing them for a few days, AMD today officially announced their new high-end embedded R-Series SoC processors. These new R-Series SoCs feature Excavator CPU cores and third-generation GCN GPUs.
Yesterday I posted some performance results of a Radeon R9 290 tested on Ubuntu 15.04 and Ubuntu 15.10 out-of-the-box. In this article are some numbers when upgrading the Ubuntu 15.10 installation to use the non-standard Linux 4.3 Git kernel as well as Mesa 11.1-devel Git that's built against LLVM 3.8 SVN for the newest open-source AMD Linux experience.
Ubuntu 15.10 is set to be released on Thursday, but those dependent upon the AMD Catalyst proprietary graphics driver for Linux gaming or the like might want to hold off on upgrading... While there is the latest Catalyst driver packaged and it's been patched to work against the Wily Werewolf's default Linux 4.2 kernel, it doesn't seem to work reliably.
AMD's Alex Deucher sent in the first pull request today for DRM-Next for kernel graphics driver updates that in turn will target the Linux 4.4 kernel.
It was just last month that legendary CPU designer Jim Keller left AMD and now the company is taking another blow with another high level departure. This time they're losing a corporate fellow and the former president of the HSA Foundation.
AMD has enabled VCE video encoding support in the R600 Gallium3D driver for the older Trinity and Richland APUs.
Well known Mesa developer Marek Olšák has published a new patch series that yields better LLVM IR generation with the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver.
AMD sent in a batch of fixes for the AMDGPU kernel driver today for Linux 4.3. One notable change with this AMDGPU DRM driver update is that it marks the Iceland/Topaz graphics processor support as experimental so it's no longer enabled by default until the support has been better vetted.
While there's just a handful of names that Phoronix readers are familiar with when it comes to AMD's open-source Linux driver developers and those from AMD who communicate with the community in our forums, it turns out there are many more developers at AMD becoming involved as part of their new AMDGPU driver stack.
Back in March was a patch enabling next-generation AMD Zen processor support for GCC and now it looks like this patch is ready to be added to the GNU Compiler Collect's trunk code-base for GCC 6.
One of the big items still in the works as part of AMD's unified Linux driver strategy is that the Catalyst proprietary driver will be isolated to user-space and make use of the AMDGPU kernel DRM driver. Being publicly now in development in a few code branches are changes to the AMD DRM code for beginning to suit more of it to Catalyst's driver design.
AMD hasn't gotten lucky financially speaking in quite a while and their latest measure to fend off further losses is by getting rid of another 5% of its staff, or about 500 people based on their current head count of just under 10,000 employees left.
AMD has announced that their new PRO A-Series processors have begun to ship. The PRO A-Series is based on Carrizo.
It's sad right now that we're going through a time where many new Linux game releases only work with NVIDIA graphics and flat out fail with AMD's Catalyst driver. While AMD is known to deliver game fixes several months late, making matters worse, it seems some game developers don't even know who to contact at AMD about Linux driver issues.
ASoC audio support patches have been published for AMD GPUs.
One week after ARB_shader_texture_image_samples OpenGL 4.5 was added to core Mesa and the Intel driver, Ilia Mirkin has extended the support to include the RadeonSI Gallium3D driver.
While AMD's forthcoming Zen CPU architecture has high hopes and was made more exciting when Jim Keller joined back AMD to work on its design, this successful CPU designer has left AMD once more.
For those that weren't in Canada yesterday for XDC2015, the video is now online with the AMDGPU progress update and the initial talk about their Vulkan Linux work.
As expected, AMD Catalyst 15.9 has been released this afternoon for Linux desktop users!
A long overdue Catalyst Linux update should be out soon, in fact, potentially before the day is through.
At the end of August AMD paper-launched the Radeon R9 Nano with a $650+ USD price-tag for this high-performance graphics card aimed at mini-ITX owners. The review embargo lifted this morning on the R9 Nano so there's a lot of people talking about it this morning, under Windows.
For those that haven't heard yet, AMD has formed the Radeon Technologies Group for focusing on their graphics division.
While there were Catalyst 15.7.1 and 15.8 Beta releases for Windows, AMD hasn't updated the Catalyst Linux driver with a new public release in two months, but a new one may be near.
Alex Deucher of AMD has sent in yet more AMDGPU DRM driver updates for targeting the Linux 4.3 kernel merge window.
The proprietary firmware files for Carrizo, Fiji, Tonga, and Topaz graphics processors from AMD have been added to the linux-firmware tree.
Yesterday after finishing up the first open-source AMDGPU driver benchmarks of the Radeon R9 Fury, I decided to also give a go on the new AMDGPU driver scheduler that's an experimental feature for Linux 4.3.
If you haven't read this morning's article about Running The AMD Radeon R9 Fury With AMD's New Open-Source Linux Driver, you should go do so, but the short version is that there's still much work left before the R9 Fury "Fiji" GPUs will be a worthwhile investment by Linux users.
AMD announced the release this week of their proprietary APP SDK 3.0 software.
The AMD Radeon R9 Nano was officially announced this morning by AMD and will go on sale in early September at $650 USD.
This week a slew of details concerning AMD's Radeon R9 Nano have come out with this small form factor graphics card with Fiji GPU expected to begin shipping soon while the official announcement is expected on Thursday.
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