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+.

SNA Articles & Reviews

Nouveau Drags Behind Intel & Radeon For Linux 2D Performance   Display Drivers   2014-03-18
Intel 2D GLAMOR vs. UXA vs. SNA On Ubuntu 14.04   Display Drivers   2014-03-11
SNA Acceleration Works Great For Intel Core i7 Haswell   Display Drivers   2013-06-10
Intel Ivy Bridge Acceleration Of UXA vs. SNA   Display Drivers   2012-12-06
2D Also Bad For Ubuntu Unity Against KDE, GNOME, LXDE, Xfce   Software   2012-09-11
Intel SNA Ivy Bridge - September 2012   Display Drivers   2012-09-04
Intel SNA Performance Continues To Be Compelling   Display Drivers   2012-07-28
Intel SNA vs. UXA On Ivy Bridge (July 2012)   Display Drivers   2012-07-25
Intel SNA & Glamor Acceleration On Ivy Bridge   Display Drivers   2012-06-25
Intel SNA Architecture Is Constantly Evolving   Display Drivers   2012-01-06
Intel SNA With The 2.17 DDX Driver   Display Drivers   2011-11-29
Intel SNA Acceleration Architecture Continues To Mature   Display Drivers   2011-10-30
The Linux 3.1 Kernel For Older Intel Graphics   Display Drivers   2011-10-18
Intel SNA With Unity, Unity 2D & GNOME Shell   Display Drivers   2011-09-11
Intel Sandy Bridge Acceleration On Non-SNB Hardware   Display Drivers   2011-09-08
Intel's New SNB Acceleration Architecture Still Maturing   Display Drivers   2011-08-31

SNA Linux & Open-Source News

VKD3D 1.5 Lands In Wine For Updated Direct3D 12 Over Vulkan   Vulkan   2022-09-27
Qt 6.4 Release Candidate Arrives With Added Modules For 3D Physics, HTTP Server   Qt   2022-09-16
Godot 4.0 Beta 1 Released With Shiny Vulkan Renderer, Tons Of Other Improvements   Linux Gaming   2022-09-15
Linux 6.0-rc5 Released After A Calm Week Of Kernel Development   Linux Kernel   2022-09-11
Fedora Linux 37 Beta To Be Released On-Time Next Week   Fedora   2022-09-10
Godot 4.0 Alpha 16 Released With More Vulkan Renderer Improvements   Linux Gaming   2022-09-07
The Still Very Early State Of Vulkan For Blender - No Active Developers Working On It   Vulkan   2022-09-05
Ubuntu 22.10 Readied With The Linux 5.19 Kernel   Ubuntu   2022-09-02
NVIDIA Proprietary Driver Causes Last Minute Headache For Ubuntu 20.04.5 LTS   Ubuntu   2022-08-31
Canonical Continues Snap'ing Up Linux Gaming For Ubuntu   Ubuntu   2022-08-30
AMDVLK 2022.Q3.3 Brings Some Performance Tuning For Linux Gamers   Radeon   2022-08-18
Lenovo Yoga C630 Snapdragon Laptop Seeing Fresh Linux Improvements   Arm   2022-08-16
Qualcomm Posts "QAIC" DRM Accelerator Driver For Linux   Linux Kernel   2022-08-15
Wine-Staging 7.15 Released - Currently At 536 Patches Atop Upstream Wine   WINE   2022-08-14
Wine 7.15 Adds RSA Encryption, Direct2D Command Lists   WINE   2022-08-13
RISC-V With Linux 6.0 Improves Svpbmt, More Useful Default Kernel Configuration   RISC-V   2022-08-07
Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS Delayed Due To An OEM Install Issue Leading To Broken Snaps   Ubuntu   2022-08-04
Btrfs With Linux 6.0: Send Protocol v2, ~3x Boost For Direct Read Performance   Linux Storage   2022-08-02
Systemd Creator At Microsoft, Retbleed, Rust's Continued Growth & Other July Highlights   Phoronix   2022-08-01
Lenovo Expects 30+ Platforms With Linux Support This Year, Both AMD & Intel Systems   Debian   2022-07-31
Linux 5.20 To Support The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8cx Gen3, ThinkPad X13s Arm Laptop   Linux Kernel   2022-07-30
Linux 5.20 To Bring New Intel & AMD Hardware Support, IO_uring Features & Much More   Linux Kernel   2022-07-29
Godot 4.0 Adds Variable Rate Shading, Shader Preprocessor Support   Linux Gaming   2022-07-29
Canonical Continues Working To Improve Its Steam Snap   Linux Gaming   2022-07-28
RISC-V Default Linux Kernel Configuration Tweaked So It's Easier Running Docker, Snaps   RISC-V   2022-07-25
Linux 5.19-rc8 Still Getting Bandaged From Retbleed Mitigation Fallout   Linux Kernel   2022-07-24
Adreno 619 Support Added To Mesa - Enables Fairphone 4 GPU Support   Mesa   2022-07-23
Btrfs Send Stream v2 Support Queued Ahead Of Linux 5.20   Linux Storage   2022-07-20
AMDVLK 2022.Q3.1 Released With Fixes, Minor Enhancements   Radeon   2022-07-18
Linux 5.19-rc7 Released Following A Tough Week With Retbleed, Intel GPU Firmware Snafu   Linux Kernel   2022-07-17
Linux Mint 21 "Vanessa" Beta Released   Operating Systems   2022-07-14
MSM DRM Driver Adds Adreno 619 Support With Linux 5.20   Linux Kernel   2022-07-11
Ubuntu Achieves A ~50% Reduction In Start Time For Firefox Snap   Ubuntu   2022-07-08
Systemd Creator Lands At Microsoft   Microsoft   2022-07-06
Ubuntu's Chromium Snap Finally Seeing Progress On Supporting VA-API GPU Acceleration   Ubuntu   2022-07-04
Linux 5.19-c4 - A Bit Bigger, Also Fixes A Previously Reported Performance Regression   Linux Kernel   2022-06-26
Ubuntu Developers Have An Idea For Handling The Over-Eager Systemd OOMD App Killing   Ubuntu   2022-06-23
Canonical Continues Working On Ubuntu's Firefox Snap Performance   Ubuntu   2022-06-16
Godot 4.0 Alpha 10 Brings Temporal AA   Linux Gaming   2022-06-15
Ubuntu Core 22 Released For IoT & Embedded Devices   Ubuntu   2022-06-15
Apple M1 Affected By "PACMAN" Hardware Vulnerability In Arm Pointer Authentication   Apple   2022-06-10
Ikey Doherty Returning To Work Full-Time On Serpent OS Linux Distribution   Operating Systems   2022-06-07
NVIDIA's Open-Source Kernel Driver, Graviton3 & Fedora 36 Made For An Exciting May   Phoronix   2022-05-31
Linux 5.19 ARM Excites With Apple M1 NVMe, 12 Year Old Multi-Platform Achievement   Arm   2022-05-27
AMDVLK 2022.Q2.2 Released As First Update In Over One Month   Radeon   2022-05-20
Google Makes Public Their Open-Source PSP Security Protocol   Google   2022-05-19
Qualcomm Exploring Bootloader-Based Hibernation For Linux   Linux Kernel   2022-05-18
Inkscape 1.2 Open-Source Vector Graphics Program Released   Free Software   2022-05-16
FreeBSD 13.1 Released With UEFI Boot Enhancements, Driver Improvements   BSD   2022-05-16
Qualcomm MSM Driver With Linux 5.19 Adds DSC, Preps For Mesa Driver Within A VM   Linux Kernel   2022-05-15
Ubuntu's Chromium Snap Now Allows Enabling Native Wayland Support   Ubuntu   2022-05-13
Ubuntu Core 22 Beta Released For IoT & Edge Devices   Ubuntu   2022-05-13
Arch Linux Temporarily Steps Back From WirePlumber After Snafu   Arch Linux   2022-05-13
Godot 4.0 Alpha 8 Game Engine Released With Some Nice Improvements   Linux Gaming   2022-05-12
Fedora 36 Is A Terrific Release Especially For Linux Enthusiasts, Power Users   Fedora   2022-05-10
Faster Booting Via Parallel CPU Bringup Hits A Snag With Older AMD CPUs   AMD   2022-04-21
A Big Performance Fix Is Pending For WebKit / WPE On Wayland   Wayland   2022-04-21
Reiser5 Issues New Development Release, Performance Numbers For Scaling Out   Linux Storage   2022-04-10
Initial Intel TDX Enablement Positioned For Linux 5.19   Intel   2022-04-10
openSUSE Tumbleweed Prepares To Jump On GCC 12   SUSE   2022-04-09
Ceph File-System Updates For Linux 5.18 Address A "Pretty Nasty Problem", Other Bugs   Linux Storage   2022-03-27
FreeBSD 13.1 Beta 3 Enables Reproducible Kernel Build Option By Default   BSD   2022-03-25
Tesla FSD Chip Added To Upstream Linux 5.18 Along With The Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W   Arm   2022-03-24
GNOME 42 Released With Many Improvements From Wayland To GTK4 Porting   GNOME   2022-03-23
FreeBSD 13.1 BETA 2 Released With Updated OpenZFS   BSD   2022-03-18
Linux 5.18 To Bring Many Random Number Generator Improvements   Linux Kernel   2022-03-18
Ubuntu Talks Up Faster KDE Snaps, But Still Takes A While For Cold Apps To Launch   Ubuntu   2022-03-17
Bcachefs Continues Making Progress - Finishes Big Allocator Rewrite   Linux Storage   2022-03-14
Wine 7.4 Released With VKD3D Bundled, WineD3D/D3D12/DXGI Converted To PE   WINE   2022-03-11
The Most Interesting New Features Of Linux 5.17 - Intel & AMD Continue With Big Changes   Linux Kernel   2022-03-10
Godot 4.0 Alpha 4 Released With OpenXR Support In Core, Other Improvements   Linux Gaming   2022-03-08
Wine 7.3 Released With More PE Conversion Work, Long Type Conversion Process   WINE   2022-02-25
Linux RNG Improvements Aim For Better VM Security   Linux Kernel   2022-02-25
AMDVLK 2022.Q1.3 Vulkan Driver Released With A Few Fixes   Radeon   2022-02-23
Bcachefs Might Be Ready For Upstreaming In Linux This Year   Linux Storage   2022-02-16
Proton 7.0 Released With More Games Running On Linux, EAC Support, Many Other Updates   Valve   2022-02-16
Radeon AOMP 14.0-2 Compiler Released For OpenMP GPU Offloading   Radeon   2022-02-12
Steam Will Now Flush Its Stale Shader Cache To Help Save Space   Valve   2022-02-05
Intel Alder Lake & Linux Kernel Advancements Made For An Exciting January   Phoronix   2022-02-01
Intel Revs New Linux Patches Providing For Shadow Stacks For User-Space   Intel   2022-01-31
Btrfs Extent Tree v2 Work Progressing For Improving The File-System's On-Disk Format   Linux Storage   2022-01-31
Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Looks To Drop Its Partner Archive In Favor Of The Snap Store   Ubuntu   2022-01-28
Archinstall 2.3.1 Released With PipeWire App Profile Added, Btrfs Install Improvements   Arch Linux   2022-01-26
Godot 4.0 Alpha 1 Released With Vulkan Renderer & Other Shiny Features   Linux Gaming   2022-01-24
GNOME 42 Alpha Released With A Lot Of GTK4 Porting, Other Improvements   GNOME   2022-01-17
Godot 3.5 Beta 1 Brings Async Shader Compilation & Caching   Linux Gaming   2022-01-13
Linux 5.17 Adds Support For "The First Usable, Low-Cost RISC-V Platform"   Linux Kernel   2022-01-12
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Sees Timely Support With The Mainline Linux 5.17 Kernel   Arm   2022-01-12
KDE Kicks Off 2022 With New Feature Work   KDE   2022-01-08
Canonical To Focus On A New, More Modular Snapcraft - Current Codebase Goes Legacy   Ubuntu   2022-01-07
Linux's CleanCache Set To Be Cleaned From The Kernel After Being Hyped Up A Decade Ago   Linux Kernel   2022-01-05
Steam On Linux Ended 2021 At 1.11% Marketshare   Linux Gaming   2022-01-03
Ubuntu Had A Great Year In Switching To Wayland, Continued Commercial Success   Ubuntu   2021-12-30
Linux 5.17 Prepares To Finally Support The Adreno 506, Other MSM DRM Changes   Hardware   2021-12-29
Manjaro 21.2 Released With Better Btrfs Support, Linux 5.15 LTS Powered   Arch Linux   2021-12-22
Canonical & Xilinx Team Up For Ubuntu On Adaptive SoCs   Ubuntu   2021-12-14
OpenSolaris/Illumos-Derived OpenIndiana 2021.10 Released With Better Hardware Support   Operating Systems   2021-12-06
OpenPrinting Releases CUPS 2.4 With AirPrint, OAuth 2.0 Support   Free Software   2021-11-30
Copper Aims To Improve Mesa's Zink Efficiency In 2022   Mesa   2021-11-17
AMD Releases ROCm AOMP 14.0 Compiler - Switches To New "amd-stg-open" Branch   AMD   2021-11-16
Proof-Of-Concept Work Brings systemd To Ubuntu WSL   Ubuntu   2021-11-16
Bcachefs Gets "[email protected]$$" Snapshots, Still Aiming For Mainline Linux Kernel Integration   Linux Storage   2021-11-05
Linux 5.16 Arm SoC Changes Bring-Up The Snapdragon 690, Other Hardware   Arm   2021-11-04
Ubuntu Continues Work On Flutter+Dart Written Firmware-Updater Utility   Ubuntu   2021-11-03
GNU Linux-libre 5.15 Released - More Deblobbing, Fixing "-Werror" Breakage   Linux Kernel   2021-11-01
Qualcomm MSM DRM Driver Improvements Submitted Ahead Of Linux 5.16   Linux Kernel   2021-10-27
Canonical Looking For Community Feedback As Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Development Begins   Ubuntu   2021-10-26
GIMP 2.99.8 Released As Another Step Toward The Long Overdue GIMP 3.0   Free Software   2021-10-20
Linux 5.15-rc6 Ticks Up In Size, Stops Using AMD SME By Default   Linux Kernel   2021-10-18
Ubuntu 21.10 Released With GNOME 40 Desktop, Many Underlying Improvements   Ubuntu   2021-10-14
Red Hat Is Making It Easy To Run Bleeding-Edge LLVM/Clang On Fedora   Fedora   2021-10-10
Canonical Announces Ubuntu Frame As A Full-Screen Shell Built On Mir   Ubuntu   2021-10-06
Firefox 93 Primed For Release With AVIF Image Support, Canonical Managing Official Snap   Mozilla   2021-10-05
AMD SEV-SNP Development Continues Towards The Linux Kernel   AMD   2021-10-04
Initial Linux Kernel Patches Posted For The Fairphone 4   Hardware   2021-10-03
Intel Compute-Runtime 21.39.21127 Brings Broader Alder Lake S Support   Intel   2021-10-03
Proton Experimental Enables NVIDIA DLSS For D3D12 Games, Proton Now Handles More Games   Valve   2021-10-01
Bcachefs Merges Support For Btrfs-Like Snapshots   Linux Storage   2021-09-27
Firefox 92 vs. Chrome 94 Browser Benchmarks On Ubuntu Linux   Desktop   2021-09-26
KDE Plasma 5.24 On Wayland To Support DRM Leasing For VR Headsets   KDE   2021-09-25
CUPS 2.4 Coming Next Month, CUPS 2.5 + CUPS 3.0 Already In Planning   Free Software   2021-09-20
Radeon Pro Software for Enterprise 21.Q3 Released For Linux   Radeon   2021-09-15
OpenSSL 3.0 Officially Released   Linux Security   2021-09-07
High Resolution Scrolling On Linux Progressing, Apple Magic Mouse Support In Linux 5.15   Hardware   2021-09-05
Snapcraft 6.0 Coming To Finally Move From Ubuntu 18.04 To 20.04 LTS Base, Phase Out i386   Ubuntu   2021-09-03
NVIDIA Jetson TX2 NX + Other ARM Platforms Now Supported By Linux 5.15   Arm   2021-09-02
OpenShot 2.6 Video Editor Released With Computer Vision + AI Effects   Multimedia   2021-08-25
HSE 2.0 Open-Source Storage Engine Is On The Way From Micron   Linux Storage   2021-08-24
AMDVLK 2021.Q3.5 Released With Radeon RX 6600 XT Support   Radeon   2021-08-24
Manjaro 21.1 Released With Better Btrfs Support, GNOME 40 Update   Arch Linux   2021-08-17
Ubuntu 21.10 Systemd To Finally Ship With Cgroup v2 By Default   Ubuntu   2021-08-17
Debian GNU/Hurd 2021 Released With Experimental Rump-Based Userland Disk Driver, Go Port   Debian   2021-08-14
Linux 5.15 To Add Graphics Support For Qualcomm Adreno 680, 7c3   Linux Kernel   2021-08-13
Firefox 91 Released As New ESR Base, HTTPS First Policy For Private Mode   Mozilla   2021-08-10
X.Org Server 21.1 Will Aim To Release In The Coming Weeks   X.Org   2021-08-10
RadeonSI Lands Regression Fix For ~10x Higher CPU Usage For Some Games   Radeon   2021-08-09
AMDVLK 2021.Q3.3 Released With Performance Tuning For Rage 2 On Navi 2   Radeon   2021-08-06
Intel Working To Combine The Best Of CET + CFI Into "FineIBT"   Intel   2021-08-06
X-Plane Flight Simulator Continues Advancing Its Renderer With Vulkan   Vulkan   2021-08-03
LE9, Canonical's Profits, Steam Deck, & Loongson 3A5000 Made For An Exciting July   Phoronix   2021-08-01
Wine 6.14 Implements More 32-bit To 64-bit Thunks, Updated Mono   WINE   2021-07-30
Manjaro 21.1 Bringing Enhanced Support For Btrfs, Automatic Backups   Arch Linux   2021-07-29
GCC 11.2 RC1 Compiler Punted For Testing   GNU   2021-07-21
Adreno 660 + 635 Now Supported By The Open-Source OpenGL/Vulkan Drivers   Mesa   2021-07-14
New X.Org Server Release While Maintaining Separate XWayland Being Discussed   X.Org   2021-07-11
X.Org Server 21.1 Development Snapshot Released   X.Org   2021-07-05
Sway 1.6.1 Wayland Compositor Released With WLROOTS 0.14   Wayland   2021-06-25
Wine 6.11 Released With Theming Support For All Built-In Programs   WINE   2021-06-18
Adreno 660 GPU Support Landing For Linux 5.14   Hardware   2021-06-18
Fedora Cloud 35 Approved To Use Btrfs By Default   Linux Storage   2021-06-16