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Intel Core i7, AMD Phenom II Benchmarks On Linux

If you have been wanting to look at Linux performance numbers for the Intel Core i7 or AMD Phenom II processors, be sure to stop by Phoronix Global. While the PR departments at Intel and AMD seem to have no interest at all in their latest desktop processors on Linux, many users of this new hardware have provided their own benchmarks courtesy of the Phoronix Test Suite.

24 February 2009 - Thanks To The Phoronix Test Suite - 10 Comments
Intel Considering VDPAU Support For X.Org Driver

In addition to learning that Intel's UXA acceleration architecture will live on in its current form, there were a few other interesting bits of news reported as well during the X.Org talks at FOSDEM 2009. During Eric Anholt's talk some video playback/decoding improvements were discussed.

8 February 2009 - Or VA-API Is Also A Possibility - 5 Comments
Intel's Poulsbo Driver A Bloody Mess?

Most of the Intel Atom netbooks currently on the market (like the Lenovo IdeaPad S10, Samsung NC10, and ASUS Eee PC) use the GMA 950 Chipset for their integrated graphics, but some of the newer models are using the Intel GMA 500. The GMA 500 doesn't share many traits with other mobile Intel IGPs since much of the technology was licensed from PowerVR, which means a different X.Org display driver is required.

31 January 2009 - Unless You Like Dirty Code - 34 Comments
xf86-video-intel 2.6.1 Display Driver Released

Intel's Eric Anholt has announced the immediate release of the xf86-video-intel 2.6.1 driver. This update coming just a week after the xf86-video-intel 2.6.0 release fixes a stability issue and kernel mode-setting fixes, More fixes are expected to land in the open-source Intel X.Org driver in the near future.

21 January 2009 - Intel Open-Source Update - 3 Comments
xf86-video-intel 2.6.0 Driver Released

Intel generally updates their xf86-video-intel X.Org driver on a quarterly basis, but the 2.6 cycle has been running a bit behind schedule. Nevertheless, late last night the xf86-video-intel 2.6.0 driver was officially released.

15 January 2009 - New X.Org DDX Driver - Add A Comment
xf86-video-intel 2.6 RC2 Driver Released

Intel's Zhenyu Wang has announced the release of the xf86-video-intel (2.6 RC2) driver. This latest open-source Intel driver depends upon libdrm 2.4.3 while introducing improvements for kernel mode-setting, UXA, and various other fixes. This driver will also now automatically build with support for kernel mode-setting if the X Server is new enough.

8 January 2009 - More Fun Open-Source Work - 1 Comment
Intel 2.6 RC1 X.Org Driver Brings DRI2, XvMC

Intel's Zhenyu Wang is managing the release cycle for the xf86-video-intel 2.6 graphics driver and this evening he has announced the availability of its first release candidate. The Intel 2.6 X.Org driver brings DRI2 support, XvMC for the Intel GMA 4500 series, kernel mode-setting, RandR 1.3, UXA acceleration fixes, and HDMI audio support.

15 December 2008 - Plus RandR 1.3 & HDMI Fun - 7 Comments
Intel Core i7 Benchmarks On Linux

We have yet to deliver any Linux benchmarks of the Intel Core i7 processors, but there's a few Phoronix resources if you're interested in learning more about the Nehalem architecture.

10 December 2008 - Details About Nehalem On Linux - Add A Comment
Intel Driver Gets DRI2, KMS Approaching

Times are already exciting within the X.Org development community thanks to the Graphics Execution Manager entering Linux 2.6.28 and the release of X Server 1.6 quickly approaching, but still there's more good news to report this week. The Direct Rendering Infrastructure 2 support has entered the mainline xf86-video-intel driver and DRM mode-setting (commonly referred to as kernel mode-setting) has appeared in the drm-intel-next branch.

5 December 2008 - An Exciting Holiday Season - 18 Comments
Intel Releases Two New Open-Source Drivers

This week NVIDIA released their 177.82 Linux driver and AMD pushed out their Catalyst 8.11 Linux driver. Intel has now joined the party and pushed out not one but two new driver releases. Intel's Jesse Barnes has announced the release of the xf86-video-intel 2.4.3 and 2.5.1 DDX drivers.

13 November 2008 - Just Point Releases... - 6 Comments
Intel Reflects On Past Graphics Releases

Jesse Barnes, one of the developers within Intel's Open-Source Technology Center whose responsibilities largely deal with Intel's Linux graphics work, has shared some thoughts and statistics on past graphics-related releases. Jesse looked at the number of DRM commits to recent Linux kernel releases, a few thoughts on Mesa and xf86-video-intel releases, and the release history of the X Server.

11 November 2008 - Intel's Jesse Barnes Provides Thoughts - Add A Comment
HDMI Audio Support For Intel G43/45 Chipsets

Initially the ATI R600 GPUs and later with the available open-source drivers (xf86-video-ati and xf86-video-radeonhd) hadn't supported using the graphics card's integrated audio processor with HDMI output. An end-user though dissatisfied with this had went on to reverse-engineer the support for RadeonHD HDMI audio support. The audio patch was then merged to master within the last two weeks that now enable ATI HDMI audio output support with that open-source driver.

7 November 2008 - X.Org Driver Patches Emerge - Add A Comment
Eric Anholt Talks About Intel Driver Changes

Last week was a major milestone for the Intel X.Org developers with GEM entering the mainline kernel and the xf86-video-intel 2.5.0 driver then subsequently being released on Monday. While these developers have accomplished a lot, there is still a lot of work ahead. Intel's Eric Anholt has commented on his blog about some of the recent work and what's still to come in the near future.

22 October 2008 - GEM Action, Bug Fixed, Etc... - 3 Comments
Intel 2.5.0 Graphics Driver Released

This weekend the xf86-video-intel 2.4.98 driver was released with hopes of releasing the Intel 2.5.0 driver on Monday. This driver is arriving a bit late compared to its original target of last month, but it's now available. This open-source Intel X.Org driver update features GEM integration (on supported systems), kernel mode-setting (on supported systems), improved EXA 2D performance, and quite a number of bug-fixes.

20 October 2008 - xf86-video-intel 2.5.0 - 5 Comments
xf86-video-intel 2.4.98 Test Driver

The xf86-video-intel 2.4.97 driver was released back in August as the first test-release for the 2.5.0 driver series. Some of the proposed changes for this quarterly update to Intel's open-source X.Org graphics driver include usable EXA support, GEM integration, kernel mode-setting support, video tearing fixes, and plenty of bug-fixes. It's been almost two months since this test driver was released, but Jesse Barnes has now pushed out the second and final test release for xf86-video-intel 2.5.

18 October 2008 - Intel Prepares For 2.5.0 Release - 14 Comments
Intel's GEM Coming In Linux 2.6.28 Kernel

Since May when Intel first introduced their Graphics Execution Manager after X.Org developers were enraged over Tungsten's TTM memory manager and its development challenges, we've been talking about GEM several times since then.

4 October 2008 - xf86-video-intel 2.5.0 Is Also Coming - 2 Comments
Intel Releases IGD OpRegion Spec

Back in January, Intel had released 965 and G35 programming documentation to assist the open-source community in better enriching the X.Org display driver for their hardware. Intel hasn't yet released the documentation for their new GMA X4500 series, but today they have published their IGD OpRegion Specification.

2 October 2008 - New Documentation From Intel - Add A Comment
Intel's G41 Now Supported On Linux

Back in June the initial GMA 4-Series support was added to their open-source stack for mode-setting, 2D, 3D, and video acceleration along with DisplayPort and HDMI connector support with these new Intel integrated graphics processors. Following that we had published Intel GMA X4500 (G45) benchmarks under Linux using the latest code at the time. The GMA X4500 worked out fairly well, but Intel has since introduced the G41 Chipset.

11 September 2008 - Another GMA 4-Series Chipset - 2 Comments
Intel Releases Solid State Disk Drives

It's been known that Intel has been working on producing some solid-state drives (SSDs), but today they have released their first two products. The X18-M and X25-M Mainstream SATA Solid-State Drives are Intel's first disk drives boasting these low-power, rugged, and responsive characteristics. As implied by the name, the X18-M is a 1.8" drive while the X25-M is a 2.5" SSD. Right now both drives are only available in an 80GB capacity, but a 160GB version promised for sampling by year's end. These first Intel solid state drives are based around their multi-level cell (MLC) NAND flash technology, but to be introduced shortly are single-level cell (SLC) SSDs. More information can be found in the Intel press release.

8 September 2008 - Unveiled Is The X18-M and X25-M - 4 Comments
Keith Packard Clarifies EXA+UXA Work

In addition to his plans for the X Server 1.6 release this year, Intel's Keith Packard had commented on a number of other X topics. In particular, Keith had clarified his intentions for UXA.

5 September 2008 - UXA To Be Merged, EXA To Be Split - Add A Comment
Intel 2.5 Video Driver Test Release

Intel's Jesse Barnes has today released the xf86-video-intel driver. This is a test release that features integrated GEM memory manager and kernel-based mode-setting along with other improvements. The EXA performance should be improved but the video tearing improvements haven't yet been merged. The complete change-log and release announcement can be read on the X.Org mailing list. The final release of xf86-video-intel 2.5.0 can be expected later this year.

25 August 2008 - xf86-video-intel Released - Add A Comment
xf86-video-intel 2.4.1 Driver Released

Just about a month ago Intel had released the xf86-video-intel 2.4.0 driver for their IGP graphics graphics hardware running X.Org. This update brought Intel GMA X4500HD support, Intel 965 EXA RENDER extension improvements, HDMI support, and much more. Today though Intel has issued its first bug-fix release for this open-source driver.

15 August 2008 - Intel Provides A Bug-Fix Update - Add A Comment
Intel Releases USB 3.0 Draft Spec

For those into reading some hardware specifications, Intel has released the Extensible Host Controller Interface draft specification for USB 3.0. The revised xHCI 0.95 USB 3.0 specification is expected later this year. USB 3.0 "Super Speed USB" was first mentioned last year during the Intel Developer Forum in September (USB 3.0 Details). USB 3.0 will be backwards compatible with existing USB 1.1/2.0 devices and offer ten times the performance of USB 2.0, along with a host of other features. The royalty-free USB 3.0 specification can be read on Intel's website along with their press release.

14 August 2008 - USB 3.0 Is Coming Along, But On Linux? - Add A Comment
Intel Announces The Core i7 Processor

There was the Core and Core 2 series of Intel desktop processors with Solo, Duo, Quad, and Extreme postfixes, while today Intel has announced their Core series will continue with their upcoming Nehalem processors. The processors based around their forthcoming Nehalem micro-architecture will be branded as the Intel Core i7.

10 August 2008 - Nehalem Is The Core i7 Series - 10 Comments
More On GEM & Intel's Next Driver

The xf86-video-intel 2.4 driver was just released about three weeks ago, but we're already well into the xf86-video-intel 2.5 development cycle, which will be Intel's next quarterly graphics driver release. Intel's Jesse Barnes has provided a brief status on the code mergers taking place for this next open-source release.

10 August 2008 - xf86-video-intel 2.5.0 Will Be Exciting - Add A Comment
Intel's GEM Driver Enters Mainline Code

Following concerns regarding the TTM memory manager, Intel had introduced their own kernel memory manager for graphics processors which they have called GEM, or the Graphics Execution Manager (A Technical Explanation of GEM). Intel's GEM is designed to be easier to implement than Tungsten's TTM that had only lived in the limelight for a short time.

8 August 2008 - Eric Anholt Pushes GEM To Master - 9 Comments
A New Acceleration Architecture For X

XAA, or the XFree86 Acceleration Architecture, is over twelve years old and finally in 2005 it was greeted by a replacement, EXA. XAA is nearing an end-of-life and Intel is prepared to remove XAA acceleration within their next Intel graphics driver release later this year. EXA was designed to offer speed improvements over XAA by accelerating more options and enhancing X's RENDER extension. Depending upon the driver, it wasn't until recently though that EXA really did have some modest speed advantages. A new acceleration architecture has now joined the mix. Intel's Keith Packard has announced UXA, which is short for the UMA Acceleration Architecture.

6 August 2008 - XAA, EXA, and Now UXA!! - 21 Comments
Intel's Larrabee GPU Will Support Linux

Intel's Larrabee will not launch for another year or two, but additional details were shared this week on this project that will launch Intel into the discrete graphics arena. We've known this already, but Larrabee will be a many-core graphics processor with an x86 instruction set designed to compete with the graphics cards from both ATI/AMD and NVIDIA.

5 August 2008 - Open-Source Larrabee Support - 8 Comments

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