Nouveau NVC0 Adds ETC2/ASTC Texture Compression For Newer GPUs
Written by Michael Larabel in Mesa on 4 April 2016 at 01:56 PM EDT. 5 Comments
MESA --
Back in December a patch rolled out for supporting ETC2 and ASTC texture compression by the Nouveau NVC0 Gallium3D driver. Today that patch was finally merged for benefiting newer NVIDIA GPUs.

With the commit that landed there is now ETC2 and ASTC texture compression support for the GK20A (Tegra K1) graphics processor as well as the GTX 750 "GM107" graphics processors and newer.

While S3TC (S3 Texture Compression) remains popular, ASTC and ETC2 are the newer formats adopted by newer versions of OpenGL and are royalty-free compared to the patent mess with S3TC.
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