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Next-Gen Atom To Use PowerVR; Good Or Bad?

While some of Intel's Atom processors use PowerVR graphics (the notorious Poulsbo and now Moorestown), the vast majority of the Atom CPUs on the market take advantage of Intel's own graphics technologies developed in-house. This allows Intel to provide Linux support via their mainline open-source driver and overall the support is quite good. However, it seems with the next-generation Atom CPUs, this will change.
10 May 2011 - PowerVR - 9 Comments

Intel Puts Out DDX Support For Ivy Bridge

Ivy Bridge is Intel's next-generation processor to succeed Sandy Bridge by the end of this calendar year. At the end of April there was the release of open-source Ivy Bridge for the DRM/KMS driver in the Linux kernel so that the support can land in advance of the hardware's availability. Just moments ago Intel has now pushed out the open-source DDX (X.Org driver) support for Ivy Bridge as well.
10 May 2011 - Open-Source X.Org

Intel Continues Working On The Mesa GLSL Compiler

Beyond working on initial Ivy Bridge support and continuing to fortify the Sandy Bridge support, Intel's OSTC team is still working on improving the GLSL compiler for Mesa.
4 May 2011 - ud-chains - 4 Comments

Intel Pushes Open-Source Support For Ivy Bridge

Just as I had said two weeks ago: expect Intel "Ivy Bridge" open-source Linux support to be pushed to the Linux 2.6.40 kernel. This code was pushed today in preparation for the Linux 2.6.40 kernel. It will land in a similar manner to Valve's Source/Steam native Linux support coming soon, early AMD Bulldozer benchmarks, ATI/AMD's "Orka" Linux driver support in the past, etc. Here's Intel's Ivy Bridge code that enables next-generation hardware support.
26 April 2011 - It's There - 19 Comments

Uff Da! The Linux Power Bug Even More Mysterious

In continuation of Mobile Users Beware: Linux Has Major Power Regression, what's causing this regression in the mainline Linux kernel between Linux 2.6.37 and 2.6.38 (and still outstanding in 2.6.39) is still a mystery. To some surprise, even when disabling power management on one of the ThinkPads, the problem is still present.
22 April 2011 - Disabling PM Is Still Regressed - 6 Comments

Intel 2011Q1 Linux Graphics Package

With xf86-video-intel 2.15 now having been released, Intel has just issued the 2011Q1 Linux graphics package as their quarterly open-source update.
14 April 2011 - Released

xf86-video-intel 2.15 Driver Officially Released

Intel's quarterly driver package for Q1'2011 is about to be released and comprised as part of that is the xf86-video-intel DDX driver. Chris Wilson has just announced the release of xf86-video-intel 2.15.0 for this release.
14 April 2011 - Bam, New Update - 2 Comments

Intel Now Says G45 VA-API Will Come In Q2

Long ago there was a promise by Intel's Linux developers that they would deliver VA-API video acceleration support to G45 IGPs in the second quarter of 2010. This didn't happen even while support for VA-API on Clarkdale/Arrandale arrived in early 2010. There's also now VA-API support for Sandy Bridge and even video encoding support. But the old G45 hardware hasn't received much love. It now appears though that Intel might release VA-API for G45 in the coming months.
11 April 2011 - Will They Deliver? - 8 Comments

Here's The Intel SNB Video Encoder Code

Yesterday I mentioned the Intel Sandy Bridge video encode support should be here soon for Linux users and that it's in a working state after an Intel employee accidentally posted a test report to the driver's public mailing list. It turns out the code is actually available right now.
10 April 2011 - libva Branch - 6 Comments

Intel Sandy Bridge Video Encode For Linux

Since Intel began shipping Intel Core i3/i5/i7 "Sandy Bridge" CPUs back in January, H.264 VA-API video (decode) playback acceleration has been available if using all of the proper open-source Linux packages needed for support. The video encode support though wasn't there on time nor was there much in the way of official communication in what to expect or when it would come, but the word received at Phoronix was that it would be a Q1 target. It looks like the code for VA-API video encode on Sandy Bridge is nearly ready.
9 April 2011 - Nearly Ready

xf86-video-intel 2.15.0 Is About To Come

Chris Wilson has just tagged the second release candidate of xf86-video-intel 2.15.0.
29 March 2011 - RC2 Is Here - 2 Comments

More Performance Comes Out Of Intel Linux SNB

Near the beginning of this month I talked about an important Sandy Bridge performance fix landing in Mesa that with 13 lines of changed code resulted in a huge performance improvement for those using the new integrated graphics found on the Sandy Bridge CPUs. This performance boost was quite dramatic and made the open-source Intel Linux driver comparable to Intel's closed-source Windows driver, but the performance tuning is not done yet. There's DRM patches arriving this morning that squeeze more performance out of Intel Sandy Bridge graphics under Linux.
22 March 2011 - Sandy Bridge - 5 Comments

Intel Is Readying The xf86-video-intel 2.15 Driver

With it nearing the end of the quarter, Intel's OSTC team working on their Linux graphics driver stack is readying their quarterly driver update. Along with the Linux 2.6.38 kernel and Mesa 7.11 as some of the key components to make up this quarter's Linux package, the xf86-video-intel 2.15.0 X.Org driver will also be released. In preparing for this milestone, Chris Wilson has released the first development snapshot of this DDX driver.
2 March 2011 - Not Much Changed - 2 Comments

Intel Is Still Working On G45 VA-API Video Acceleration

While there is Intel VA-API video acceleration support under Linux for Clarkdale/Arrandale hardware and the newest Sandy Bridge CPUs (assuming you are running the very latest code), there is no video playback acceleration support for the Intel G45 / GMA 4500M HD hardware. It was previously promised by Intel engineers with a target delivery date of Q2'2010, but that has long since passed without any further information from Intel.
24 February 2011 - But Not Done Yet - 32 Comments

Mesa Receives MESA_multithread_makecurrent

The Mesa code-base now has patches for supporting the new MESA_multithread_makecurrent GLX extension. This extension was originally proposed in 2009 at the Cairo and GStreamer Hackfest but more than a year later it's now only materializing within Mesa and first within Intel's driver.
21 February 2011 - GLX Extension - 3 Comments

Intel, Miguel de Icaza Comment On Nokia's Move

Following last week's announcement of Microsoft and Nokia hooking up over Windows Phone 7 for Nokia's future products, left MeeGo in a bad position (along with Qt), but Intel has now commented today that MeeGo is still going strong. Miguel de Icaza has also provided his commentary praising this move by Nokia, yes, really.
14 February 2011 - Expected - 73 Comments

xf86-video-intel 2.14.0, Intel 2010Q4 Released

Not only was Mesa 7.9.1 / Mesa 7.10 released last night while I was on my way back from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with a shiny new Sandy Bridge, but Intel came forward to release their xf86-video-intel 2.14.0 DDX drver and then their 2010Q4 package.
8 January 2011 - Along With Mesa 7.10 - 4 Comments

Intel Sandy Bridge Linux Testing Is Coming Real Soon

Following a challenging week for Intel's Sandy Bridge Linux support in other publications getting the open-source graphics drivers working, Intel came forward to supply us with a Sandy Bridge processor so we can carry out the tests using the needed Linux Kernel / Mesa / DDX / libva Git code. We don't even need to wait for Intel to send out any hardware, as it was hand-delivered today during a meeting with them.
7 January 2011 - Have Sample - 4 Comments

Intel Bumps libva: Android & Sandy Bridge Friendly

Intel has now bumped the libva (VA-API) library to version 1.0.7. Why this is worth mentioning is that this now makes it possible to utilize GPU-driven VA-API video decoding on Intel's new Sandy Bridge processors.
6 January 2011 - Works With Sandy Bridge - 4 Comments

Intel Will Work On Better Linux Timing For Ivy Bridge

It was just midnight yesterday when the press embargo covering Intel's Sandy Bridge micro-architecture with their new Core i3/i5/i7 and H67/P67 chipsets expired. While at Phoronix we have known how Sandy Bridge would work with Linux, the lack of "out of the box" support for the next-generation Intel graphics under Linux or an easy-to-use way to deploy the open-source drivers on existing distributions caused a bit of an uproar by other journalists. Well, more like a big uproar by others.
4 January 2011 - The Sandy Bridge Successor - 16 Comments

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