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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

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

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

Intel 2.5 Video Driver Test Release

Intel's Jesse Barnes has today released the xf86-video-intel 2.4.97.0 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 2.4.97.0 Released

Intel Core i7 Thermal Monitoring Support

Earlier this month Intel announced its forthcoming Nehalem CPUs would officially be called the Intel Core i7 Processor Family.
18 August 2008 - Nehalem Gets LM_Sensors Support - 3 Comments

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

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?

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

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

Planning Intel's Next Driver Release

The xf86-video-intel 2.4.0 driver was released last week with support for GMA 4-Series Support, EXA Render improvements, and other enhancements. Now planning is already underway for the next driver release, version 2.5.0. Jesse Barnes is serving as the release manager for xf86-video-intel 2.5 and so far he has planned the following changes:
31 July 2008 - xf86-video-intel 2.5.0 Brings Some Fun - 1 Comment

Moblin 2.0 Being Released At Intel IDF

At OSCON 2008, Linux on mobile devices has been an extremely hot topic. This morning Intel's Dirk Hohndel had keynoted about their Atom-based mobile devices and netbooks and this afternoon he had a smaller session where he talked in greater detail about Moblin and what will be known as Moblin 2.0.
23 July 2008 - Moblin 2.0 Is Based On Fedora - 2 Comments

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