The Linux 5.6 x86 Platform Driver Changes Are Busy From Quirky Laptops To New Hardware Support
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 29 January 2020 at 05:05 AM EST. Add A Comment
Intel's Andy Shevchenko sent in the x86 platform driver updates on Monday for the newly opened Linux 5.6 merge window. There is the never-ending work on dealing with quirky Windows-focused laptops to adding new Intel hardware support and other additions.

Highlights of the x86 platform driver work for Linux 5.6 includes:

- The fix for ASUS TUF laptops with AMD Ryzen laptops so they stop overheating so easily and leading to crippled performance. That is a very important fix for these ASUS TUF gaming laptops with Ryzen CPUs due to the thermal policy not being properly set otherwise on Linux.

- Another ASUS quirk is for the N56VB laptop's left round button not working without this quirk addition to asus-nb-wmi.

- The Intel PMC driver now supports Comet Lake, Tiger Lake, and Elkhart Lake. There's also been cleaning to the various Intel drivers in this tree.

- Intel SpeedSelect Core-Power support (SST-CP).

- Support for new Mellanox VMOD0009/VMOD0010 platforms.

- The Intel SCU IPC driver has dropped Lincroft support (the core of the Moorestown MID platform).

More details on these changes via the pull request.
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