Linux 6.7 Sound Code Prepares For Intel's Xe DRM Driver

Written by Michael Larabel in Multimedia on 22 October 2023 at 09:27 AM EDT. Add A Comment
Linux sound patches queued for introduction in the upcoming Linux 6.7 cycle are preparing for the upcoming introduction of the new "Xe" DRM kernel graphics driver.

Xe isn't being introduced yet but it's inching closer to being upstreamed, at least as an experimental option for current generation Intel graphics. Xe works with Intel Tigerlake / Gen12 graphics and newer -- both for discrete and integrated graphics -- but for current hardware the i915 kernel driver will continue to be the default.

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Besides still working on some DRM scheduler patches and other preparations for introducing the Xe kernel driver to mainline, some sound patches are going into Linux 6.7 for preparing the Intel HDA sound driver.

For supporting HDMI audio and the like, the Intel HDA sound driver interfaces with the i915 kernel driver. The patches coming for Linux 6.7 are removing those explicit ties to the i915 driver to prepare for Xe.

See the sound for-next patches if curious about the Intel sound driver updates being made to prepare for the exciting Xe kernel driver introduction.
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