The Linux Kernel Is Ready To Support A Lot More Sound Hardware

Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 25 October 2018 at 07:39 AM EDT. 18 Comments
SUSE's Takashi Iwai has sent in the big batch of sound/audio hardware improvements for the in-development Linux 4.20~5.0 kernel.

There are some notable hardware additions to this sound pull, including:

- Creative Sound Blaster ZxR sound card support, a high-end gamer/enthusiast oriented PCIe sound card with 5.1 channel support.

- Another high-end Creative Labs sound card now supported is the Sound BlasterX AE-5. The Sound BlasterX AE-5 is a ~$150 sound card that's been out for a while now but is finally seeing full support within the CA0132 driver.

- Support for the Allwinner A64 codec analog paths.

- Support for Intel boards with DA7219 and MAX98927 chips.

- Support as well for the lesser known Nuvoton NAU8822, Renesas R8A7744, and Texas Instruments PCM3060 chips.

- More HD Audio devices with DSP are now supported.

- A quirk fixing the Lenovo ThinkPad 8 tablet.

The complete list of sound changes for this cycle can be found via this pull request.
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