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Linux 5.1 Should Sound Great... Well, At Least Work With More Audio Hardware
Some of the sound subsystem/driver updates for Linux 5.1 include:
- Support for the Fireface UCX high-end audio hardware:
- Improvements to the core ALSA code.
- The ASoC core now supports only powering up channels that are actively being used, which can help conserve power.
- A new driver is the MediaTek BTCVSD for a Bluetooth radio chip and their first to have upstream. The driver enables the transferring/receiving of the BT-encoded data to/from the firmware and was contributed by MediaTek themselves.
- Various probing fixes for Intel hardware.
- New drivers for Asahi Kasei Microdevices AK4497, Cirrus Logic CS4341/CS35L26, Google ChromeOS embedded controllers, Ingenic JZ4725B, MediaTek BTCVSD, MT8183 and MT6358, NXP MICFIL, Rockchip RK3328, Spreadtrum DMA controllers, Qualcomm WCD9335, Xilinx S/PDIF and PCM formatters.
- The usual slew of HD audio quirks being added, this time around affecting some ASUS laptops, Dell workstations, and Chrome headset button.
- Support for Solid State Logic Duende Classic/Mini as some additional high-end audio hardware now working off the mainline kernel though not exactly new hardware.
More details on the sound feature changes for Linux 5.1 via this pull request.