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  • Raspberry Pi "V3DV" Open-Source Driver Closing In On Vulkan 1.2

    Phoronix: Raspberry Pi "V3DV" Open-Source Driver Closing In On Vulkan 1.2

    It was just last October that Mesa's V3DV driver achieved Vulkan 1.1 conformance for this Broadcom Vulkan open-source driver most notably used by the Raspberry Pi 4 and newer. Now Vulkan 1.2 is just on the horizon...

    https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pa...ars-Vulkan-1.2

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    I appreciate the work the team at Igalia is doing, and I appreciate the existence of the Raspberry Pi, but it is super annoying that the Pi uses a weird GPU.

    Now that the project has such success and goodwill, wouldn't it make sense to try to pit AMD and Intel against each other to 'sponsor' some of the Pi's CPU/GPU development? Or is the whole RPI project sort of beholden to Broadcom?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by mangeek View Post
      I appreciate the work the team at Igalia is doing, and I appreciate the existence of the Raspberry Pi, but it is super annoying that the Pi uses a weird GPU.

      Now that the project has such success and goodwill, wouldn't it make sense to try to pit AMD and Intel against each other to 'sponsor' some of the Pi's CPU/GPU development? Or is the whole RPI project sort of beholden to Broadcom?
      AMD and Intel don't really license their GPU IP to other companies (with some exceptions like Samsung's Exynos 2200). They could license Mali from ARM or PowerVR from Imagination. But at this point, they have their own GPU tech with pretty mature open source drivers. I don't see them switching off VideoCore soon. And if they do, Mali is probably their best bet.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by WolfpackN64 View Post

        AMD and Intel don't really license their GPU IP to other companies (with some exceptions like Samsung's Exynos 2200). They could license Mali from ARM or PowerVR from Imagination. But at this point, they have their own GPU tech with pretty mature open source drivers. I don't see them switching off VideoCore soon. And if they do, Mali is probably their best bet.
        I hope not mali, migrating to Qualcomm would be a better option

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        • #5
          Originally posted by mangeek View Post
          but it is super annoying that the Pi uses a weird GPU.
          Welcome to the ARM world, which is full of weird GPUs with dubious drivers.

          Apparently there are "rumors" of Microsoft working with AMD on an ARM processor with RDNA 2 graphics: https://www.windowscentral.com/micro...rm-laptop-chip

          That could be quite exciting, though the price and power consumption would presumably be higher than what the Pi targets.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ids1024 View Post
            Apparently there are "rumors" of Microsoft working with AMD on an ARM processor with RDNA 2 graphics: https://www.windowscentral.com/micro...rm-laptop-chip
            Samsung has already done that with their Exynos 2200 SoC.

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