SNA is the Sandy Bridge New Acceleration architecture developed by Intel for their xf86-video-intel X.Org driver. Contrary to the name, SNA supports all Intel HD Graphics hardware and just not the Sandy Bridge generation. SNA is much faster than the former UXA architecture and is used by default with xf86-video-intel 3.0+.

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SNA Articles & Reviews

Nouveau Drags Behind Intel & Radeon For Linux 2D...   Display Drivers   18 Mar 2014
Intel 2D GLAMOR vs. UXA vs. SNA On Ubuntu 14.04   Display Drivers   11 Mar 2014
SNA Acceleration Works Great For Intel Core i7 Haswell   Display Drivers   10 Jun 2013
Intel Ivy Bridge Acceleration Of UXA vs. SNA   Display Drivers   06 Dec 2012
2D Also Bad For Ubuntu Unity Against KDE, GNOME, LXDE,...   Software   11 Sep 2012
Intel SNA Ivy Bridge - September 2012   Display Drivers   04 Sep 2012
Intel SNA Performance Continues To Be Compelling   Display Drivers   28 Jul 2012
Intel SNA vs. UXA On Ivy Bridge (July 2012)   Display Drivers   25 Jul 2012
Intel SNA & Glamor Acceleration On Ivy Bridge   Display Drivers   25 Jun 2012
Intel SNA Architecture Is Constantly Evolving   Display Drivers   06 Jan 2012
Intel SNA With The 2.17 DDX Driver   Display Drivers   29 Nov 2011
Intel SNA Acceleration Architecture Continues To...   Display Drivers   30 Oct 2011
The Linux 3.1 Kernel For Older Intel Graphics   Display Drivers   18 Oct 2011
Intel SNA With Unity, Unity 2D & GNOME Shell   Display Drivers   11 Sep 2011
Intel Sandy Bridge Acceleration On Non-SNB Hardware   Display Drivers   08 Sep 2011
Intel's New SNB Acceleration Architecture Still...   Display Drivers   31 Aug 2011

SNA Linux News

The xf86-video-intel Zombie Driver Finally Flips On...   Intel   18 Dec 2020
Intel's SNA 2D Acceleration Code Sees Rare Activity   Intel   29 Sep 2019
FlightGear 2018.3 Flight Simulator Prepares For...   Linux Gaming   26 Sep 2018
xf86-video-intel Gets Coffee Lake Support   Intel   11 Jan 2018
Little Perf Improvements & User-Defined Priority...   Intel   19 Apr 2017
Geminilake Support Added To The Intel X.Org Driver   Intel   06 Dec 2016
Intel's X.Org Driver Still Being Developed, No Sign Of...   Intel   02 Aug 2016
Intel SNA vs. Modesetting GLAMOR - DDX Benchmarks   Intel   20 May 2016
Some Fresh Radeon EXA/GLAMOR 2D Acceleration...   Radeon   11 Feb 2016
Intel Gets Called Out Again For Their M.I.A. 3.0 X.Org...   Intel   27 Jan 2016
Intel's 3.0 X.Org Driver Has Now Been In Development...   Intel   07 Sep 2015
A Bug In The Intel Linux Graphics Driver Is Causing...   Intel   05 Aug 2015
SNA Is Four Years Old - Intel's 3.0 X.Org Driver Still...   Intel   09 Jun 2015
Intel Works On Page-Flipping For The Mode-Setting...   X.Org   22 Apr 2015
FlightGear 3.4 Has Performance Improvements, New...   Linux Gaming   18 Feb 2015
Intel X.Org Driver Enables Render-Nodes By Default For...   Intel   10 Feb 2015
GLAMOR Is Making Linux 2D Performance More Glamorous   X.Org   10 Oct 2014
Skylake Support Added To Intel's X.Org Driver   X.Org   26 Sep 2014
SNA & UXA Intel Benchmarks With X.Org Server 1.16   X.Org   17 Sep 2014
Intel's 3.0 X.Org Driver Takes Another Step Closer To...   Intel   08 Sep 2014
Intel's UXA Acceleration Now Supports DisplayPort MST   Intel   08 Sep 2014
Intel 3.0 X.Org Driver Still Baking, New Development...   Intel   23 Jul 2014
New Intel GLAMOR Code Is Taking Shape & Running...   Intel   21 Jul 2014
Nouveau X.Org Driver Adds Maxwell & GLAMOR...   Nouveau   19 Jun 2014
GLAMOR Support Enabled Within Debian Experimental   Debian   18 Jun 2014
Intel X.Org Gets DRI3+Present, Variable Cursor Sizes,...   Intel   10 Jun 2014
DRI3 & Present Support Finally Land Within Intel's...   X.Org   02 Jun 2014
Eight Months Later, Intel X.Org 3.0 Driver Still In...   Intel   04 May 2014
The Current Performance Of GLAMOR Acceleration   X.Org   27 Apr 2014
Intel 3.0 X.Org Driver Lands Yet More Changes   Intel   20 Mar 2014
GLAMOR Core Rendering Code Gets Rewritten   X.Org   19 Mar 2014
GLAMOR Patch Bomb Can Boost Some Operations By...   X.Org   13 Mar 2014
Lots Of Linux Hardware Reviews Coming Up, San Diego...   Hardware   09 Mar 2014
GLAMOR Continues Advancing Greatly, Getting Faster   X.Org   07 Mar 2014
Intel Still Polishing Their 3.0 X.Org Graphics Driver   Intel   10 Feb 2014
Pre-3.0 Intel X.Org Driver Gets More Fixings   Intel   01 Feb 2014
GLAMOR Code Lands In X.Org Server 1.16   X.Org   23 Jan 2014
GLAMOR Will Likely End Up In The X.Org Server   X.Org   31 Dec 2013
Intel X.Org Driver Gets Fixes, Broadwell Acceleration   Intel   30 Dec 2013
Intel Broadwell Support Commited To X.Org Driver   Intel   11 Dec 2013
Intel X.Org Driver Released With New Stability Fixes   Intel   13 Nov 2013
Intel X.Org Driver Now Handles Better Tear-Free   Intel   23 Oct 2013
Intel SNA Performance Of Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge,...   Intel   13 Oct 2013
Intel X.Org 3.0 Driver To Get One More Feature   Intel   09 Oct 2013
GLAMOR'ized Radeon Driver Shows Hope Over EXA   Radeon   03 Oct 2013
SNA Continues To Be Far Better Than UXA, GLAMOR   Intel   01 Oct 2013
Intel Steps Closer To 3.0 X.Org Driver Release   Intel   29 Sep 2013
GLAMOR Acceleration Makes It Into Ubuntu 13.10   Free Software   19 Sep 2013
Intel Reverts Plans, Will Not Support Ubuntu's XMir   Intel   07 Sep 2013
Intel 3.0 Linux Driver To Enable SNA, Support XMir   Intel   04 Sep 2013
Canonical Posts X.Org, Driver Patches For XMir   X.Org   22 Jul 2013
Intel Haswell On Linux: Updated SNA vs. UXA 2D Tests   Intel   19 Jul 2013
Intel X.Org Driver Offers Various Improvements   Intel   14 Jul 2013
Assessing The Current Intel Haswell Linux Experience   Intel   21 Jun 2013
Intel 2.21.9 X.Org Driver Calls Out More Regressions   Intel   06 Jun 2013
Intel Ivy Bridge: UXA vs. SNA - Updated Benchmarks   Intel   29 May 2013
Intel 2.21.5 Driver Brings Fixes For Haswell, GLAMOR   Intel   21 Mar 2013
Intel X.Org Driver Update Gets New Features   X.Org   11 Mar 2013
Qt/GTK Speed On Unity/KDE/Xfce/LXDE/GNOME/Razor   Desktop   28 Feb 2013
Nouveau vs. Radeon 2D Graphics Performance   X.Org   27 Feb 2013
SNA Sandy Bridge Is Quick To Beat UXA Too   Intel   27 Feb 2013
SNA Delivers Huge Gains Over UXA For Intel...   Intel   27 Feb 2013
Intel X.Org Driver Gets Hand-Tuning For SSE4, AVX2   Intel   26 Feb 2013
Intel Has Good DRM Driver Changes In Linux 3.9   Intel   18 Feb 2013
Chris Wilson Begins With Intel 2.21 X.Org Point...   Intel   10 Feb 2013
Intel's Linux DRM Driver Plans For 2013   Intel   07 Feb 2013
Multi-Threading Cairo-Image For Better Performance   Intel   26 Jan 2013
Intel SNA Continues To Be Tweaked   Intel   24 Jan 2013
Ubuntu Decides To Turn On Intel SNA   Ubuntu   18 Jan 2013
Ubuntu Still Deciding About Intel Acceleration Support   Intel   09 Jan 2013
Intel Still Playing With i830GM/845G Stability   Intel   26 Dec 2012
2D Support On Old Intel Hardware: Nothing But Misery   Intel   17 Dec 2012
Intel 2012Q4 Graphics Driver Is Good For Valve   Valve   27 Nov 2012
Intel 2.20.13 Driver Update Carries More Bug-Fixes   Intel   11 Nov 2012
Cairo 1.12.4 Brings Worthwhile Changes   X.Org   05 Oct 2012
Intel Driver Update Brings Back XvMC, Fixes Bugs   Intel   29 Sep 2012
Intel Valley View SDV Powers On With X.Org   Intel   17 Sep 2012
Released Intel Driver Gets PRIME'd For Sharing   Intel   08 Sep 2012
Ubuntu's Unity Is Also Painful For 2D Performance   Ubuntu   05 Sep 2012
Intel Puts Out Yet Another 2.20.x DDX Driver   Intel   02 Sep 2012
Yet Another Intel 2.20.x Graphics Driver Release   Intel   26 Aug 2012
FlightGear 2.8 Betters Open-Source Flying   Linux Gaming   23 Aug 2012
Intel 2.20.4 X.Org Driver Brings More Fixes   Intel   18 Aug 2012
Intel X.Org Update Restores 830GM/845G Acceleration   Intel   04 Aug 2012
Intel Lands Some Haswell Commits For X.Org Driver   Intel   03 Aug 2012
Intel Driver Integrates BRW Assembler   Intel   30 Jul 2012
GLAMOR 0.5 To Advance 2D Over OpenGL   Free Software   29 Jul 2012
Another Intel Linux Graphics Driver Release   Intel   27 Jul 2012
Intel Releases 12.07 Linux Graphics Package   Intel   24 Jul 2012
Intel 2.20.1 X.Org Driver Closes Critical Bugs   Intel   23 Jul 2012
Running The Radeon Driver With GLAMOR   Radeon   22 Jul 2012
Intel X.Org Driver Explodes Thanks To Chris Wilson   Intel   21 Jul 2012
New Intel Driver Takes SNA Accel Mainstream   Intel   15 Jul 2012
Intel Driver Now Builds SNA Support By Default   Intel   12 Jul 2012
GLAMOR Radeon Shows 2D Acceleration Promise   Radeon   12 Jul 2012
X.Org Server 1.13 RC1 Packs In Many Changes   X.Org   10 Jul 2012
AMD Using GLAMOR For Open HD 7000 Series 2D   AMD   10 Jul 2012
Upcoming Linux Benchmarks For July 2012   Phoronix   23 Jun 2012
Ubuntu 12.10 Looks To Use Intel SNA Acceleration   Intel   08 Jun 2012
SNA Is Doing Well For Vintage Intel Hardware   Intel   02 Jun 2012