Mediatek DRM Driver Added For Linux 4.7 Kernel
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 10 May 2016 at 08:08 AM EDT. 4 Comments
Yet another DRM kernel driver has been queued into DRM-Next for landing with Linux 4.7.

For the DRM subsystem in Linux 4.7 there is already going to be a lot of new code such as with a Hisilicon Kirin DRM driver, ARC PGU driver, and finally a mainline Allwinner DRM driver. The latest ARM DRM driver coming to the party is for Mediatek SoCs.

Landing a few hours ago in DRM-Next is a Mediatek DRM driver designed to support the MT8173 SoC. This Mediatek DRM driver just provides kernel mode-setting (KMS) and buffer management support to the hardware. The code was authored by MediaTek Inc. The MT8173 is a Cortex-A72/53 SoC using an Imagination GX6250 GPU, 2560 x 1600 display support, H.265/VP9 video playback, and can be found in a range of Android-powered devices.

For now the code can be found via DRM-Next but will land in Linux 4.7 once the merge window opens later this month.
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