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

The xf86-video-intel Zombie Driver Finally Flips On TearFree To Avoid Tearing   Intel   2020-12-18
Intel's SNA 2D Acceleration Code Sees Rare Activity   Intel   2019-09-29
FlightGear 2018.3 Flight Simulator Prepares For Landing   Linux Gaming   2018-09-26
xf86-video-intel Gets Coffee Lake Support   Intel   2018-01-11
Little Perf Improvements & User-Defined Priority Scheduling For Intel's DRM Driver   Intel   2017-04-19
Geminilake Support Added To The Intel X.Org Driver   Intel   2016-12-06
Intel's X.Org Driver Still Being Developed, No Sign Of 3.0 Released   Intel   2016-08-02
Intel SNA vs. Modesetting GLAMOR - DDX Benchmarks   Intel   2016-05-20
Some Fresh Radeon EXA/GLAMOR 2D Acceleration Benchmarks   Radeon   2016-02-11
Intel Gets Called Out Again For Their M.I.A. 3.0 X.Org Driver   Intel   2016-01-27
Intel's 3.0 X.Org Driver Has Now Been In Development For Two Years   Intel   2015-09-07
A Bug In The Intel Linux Graphics Driver Is Causing KDE's Plasma 5 To Crash   Intel   2015-08-05
SNA Is Four Years Old - Intel's 3.0 X.Org Driver Still Unreleased   Intel   2015-06-09
Intel Works On Page-Flipping For The Mode-Setting Driver   X.Org   2015-04-22
FlightGear 3.4 Has Performance Improvements, New Aircraft   Linux Gaming   2015-02-18
Intel X.Org Driver Enables Render-Nodes By Default For DRI3   Intel   2015-02-10
GLAMOR Is Making Linux 2D Performance More Glamorous   X.Org   2014-10-10
Skylake Support Added To Intel's X.Org Driver   X.Org   2014-09-26
SNA & UXA Intel Benchmarks With X.Org Server 1.16   X.Org   2014-09-17
Intel's 3.0 X.Org Driver Takes Another Step Closer To Release   Intel   2014-09-08
Intel's UXA Acceleration Now Supports DisplayPort MST   Intel   2014-09-08
Intel 3.0 X.Org Driver Still Baking, New Development Release   Intel   2014-07-23
New Intel GLAMOR Code Is Taking Shape & Running Fast   Intel   2014-07-21
Nouveau X.Org Driver Adds Maxwell & GLAMOR Acceleration Support   Nouveau   2014-06-19
GLAMOR Support Enabled Within Debian Experimental   Debian   2014-06-18
Intel X.Org Gets DRI3+Present, Variable Cursor Sizes, Improved DRI2   Intel   2014-06-10
DRI3 & Present Support Finally Land Within Intel's Driver   X.Org   2014-06-02
Eight Months Later, Intel X.Org 3.0 Driver Still In Development   Intel   2014-05-04
The Current Performance Of GLAMOR Acceleration   X.Org   2014-04-27
Intel 3.0 X.Org Driver Lands Yet More Changes   Intel   2014-03-20
GLAMOR Core Rendering Code Gets Rewritten   X.Org   2014-03-19
GLAMOR Patch Bomb Can Boost Some Operations By 700~800%   X.Org   2014-03-13
Lots Of Linux Hardware Reviews Coming Up, San Diego Meet-Up   Hardware   2014-03-09
GLAMOR Continues Advancing Greatly, Getting Faster   X.Org   2014-03-07
Intel Still Polishing Their 3.0 X.Org Graphics Driver   Intel   2014-02-10
Pre-3.0 Intel X.Org Driver Gets More Fixings   Intel   2014-02-01
GLAMOR Code Lands In X.Org Server 1.16   X.Org   2014-01-23
GLAMOR Will Likely End Up In The X.Org Server   X.Org   2013-12-31
Intel X.Org Driver Gets Fixes, Broadwell Acceleration   Intel   2013-12-30
Intel Broadwell Support Commited To X.Org Driver   Intel   2013-12-11
Intel X.Org Driver Released With New Stability Fixes   Intel   2013-11-13
Intel X.Org Driver Now Handles Better Tear-Free   Intel   2013-10-23
Intel SNA Performance Of Sandy Bridge, Ivy Bridge, Haswell   Intel   2013-10-13
Intel X.Org 3.0 Driver To Get One More Feature   Intel   2013-10-09
GLAMOR'ized Radeon Driver Shows Hope Over EXA   Radeon   2013-10-03
SNA Continues To Be Far Better Than UXA, GLAMOR   Intel   2013-10-01
Intel Steps Closer To 3.0 X.Org Driver Release   Intel   2013-09-29
GLAMOR Acceleration Makes It Into Ubuntu 13.10   Free Software   2013-09-19
Intel Reverts Plans, Will Not Support Ubuntu's XMir   Intel   2013-09-07
Intel 3.0 Linux Driver To Enable SNA, Support XMir   Intel   2013-09-04
Canonical Posts X.Org, Driver Patches For XMir   X.Org   2013-07-22
Intel Haswell On Linux: Updated SNA vs. UXA 2D Tests   Intel   2013-07-19
Intel X.Org Driver Offers Various Improvements   Intel   2013-07-14
Assessing The Current Intel Haswell Linux Experience   Intel   2013-06-21
Intel 2.21.9 X.Org Driver Calls Out More Regressions   Intel   2013-06-06
Intel Ivy Bridge: UXA vs. SNA - Updated Benchmarks   Intel   2013-05-29
Intel 2.21.5 Driver Brings Fixes For Haswell, GLAMOR   Intel   2013-03-21
Intel X.Org Driver Update Gets New Features   X.Org   2013-03-11
Qt/GTK Speed On Unity/KDE/Xfce/LXDE/GNOME/Razor   Desktop   2013-02-28
Nouveau vs. Radeon 2D Graphics Performance   X.Org   2013-02-27
SNA Sandy Bridge Is Quick To Beat UXA Too   Intel   2013-02-27
SNA Delivers Huge Gains Over UXA For Intel "Gen5"   Intel   2013-02-27
Intel X.Org Driver Gets Hand-Tuning For SSE4, AVX2   Intel   2013-02-26
Intel Has Good DRM Driver Changes In Linux 3.9   Intel   2013-02-18
Chris Wilson Begins With Intel 2.21 X.Org Point Releases   Intel   2013-02-10
Intel's Linux DRM Driver Plans For 2013   Intel   2013-02-07
Multi-Threading Cairo-Image For Better Performance   Intel   2013-01-26
Intel SNA Continues To Be Tweaked   Intel   2013-01-24
Ubuntu Decides To Turn On Intel SNA   Ubuntu   2013-01-18
Ubuntu Still Deciding About Intel Acceleration Support   Intel   2013-01-09
Intel Still Playing With i830GM/845G Stability   Intel   2012-12-26
2D Support On Old Intel Hardware: Nothing But Misery   Intel   2012-12-17
Intel 2012Q4 Graphics Driver Is Good For Valve   Valve   2012-11-27
Intel 2.20.13 Driver Update Carries More Bug-Fixes   Intel   2012-11-11
Cairo 1.12.4 Brings Worthwhile Changes   X.Org   2012-10-05
Intel Driver Update Brings Back XvMC, Fixes Bugs   Intel   2012-09-29
Intel Valley View SDV Powers On With X.Org   Intel   2012-09-17
Released Intel Driver Gets PRIME'd For Sharing   Intel   2012-09-08
Ubuntu's Unity Is Also Painful For 2D Performance   Ubuntu   2012-09-05
Intel Puts Out Yet Another 2.20.x DDX Driver   Intel   2012-09-02
Yet Another Intel 2.20.x Graphics Driver Release   Intel   2012-08-26
FlightGear 2.8 Betters Open-Source Flying   Linux Gaming   2012-08-23
Intel 2.20.4 X.Org Driver Brings More Fixes   Intel   2012-08-18
Intel X.Org Update Restores 830GM/845G Acceleration   Intel   2012-08-04
Intel Lands Some Haswell Commits For X.Org Driver   Intel   2012-08-03
Intel Driver Integrates BRW Assembler   Intel   2012-07-30
GLAMOR 0.5 To Advance 2D Over OpenGL   Free Software   2012-07-29
Another Intel Linux Graphics Driver Release   Intel   2012-07-27
Intel Releases 12.07 Linux Graphics Package   Intel   2012-07-24
Intel 2.20.1 X.Org Driver Closes Critical Bugs   Intel   2012-07-23
Running The Radeon Driver With GLAMOR   Radeon   2012-07-22
Intel X.Org Driver Explodes Thanks To Chris Wilson   Intel   2012-07-21
New Intel Driver Takes SNA Accel Mainstream   Intel   2012-07-15
Intel Driver Now Builds SNA Support By Default   Intel   2012-07-12
GLAMOR Radeon Shows 2D Acceleration Promise   Radeon   2012-07-12
X.Org Server 1.13 RC1 Packs In Many Changes   X.Org   2012-07-10
AMD Using GLAMOR For Open HD 7000 Series 2D   AMD   2012-07-10
Upcoming Linux Benchmarks For July 2012   Phoronix   2012-06-23
Ubuntu 12.10 Looks To Use Intel SNA Acceleration   Intel   2012-06-08
SNA Is Doing Well For Vintage Intel Hardware   Intel   2012-06-02
Intel Ivy Bridge Continues To Grind Quickly On Linux   Intel   2012-05-03
Upcoming Linux Hardware Tests, Benchmarks   Linux Gaming   2012-05-02
Image Quality: Intel Ivy Bridge vs. Radeon Gallium3D   Intel   2012-04-28
Intel Pushes Out Glamor 0.4 Release   Intel   2012-04-28
Intel Releases 2.18 X.Org Linux Graphics Driver   Intel   2012-02-24
Intel's Brewing New Linux Graphics Driver Features   Intel   2012-02-05
XAA In X.Org Has Finally Met Its Executioner   X.Org   2012-01-18
Intel SNA Acceleration Performance On Ironlake   Intel   2011-12-15
Intel's Glamor Architecture Is Becoming Glamorous   Intel   2011-12-13
Intel Puts Out Its 2011 Holiday Linux Package   Intel   2011-12-06
Intel Sandy Bridge On The Linux 3.2 Kernel   Intel   2011-11-14
Glamor Acceleration For The Intel X.Org Driver   Intel   2011-11-11
xf86-video-intel 2.17 Release Candidate   Intel   2011-10-30
Intel SNB RC6 On Linux 3.1 Is Both Good & Bad   Intel   2011-10-27
Intel Rounds Out Its Ivy Bridge Graphics Driver   Intel   2011-08-09
Intel Prepares Its 2.16 DDX Feature Release   Intel   2011-07-30
Intel's New Acceleration Architecture Is Quick To Advance   Intel   2011-06-08
Intel Just Released A Crazy Fast Acceleration Architecture   Intel   2011-06-04