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Coming Soon: AMD R600 3D Documentation

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| For months we have been telling you that AMD has been preparing to release
| their R600 series documentation as well as opening up the source-code to two
| of their internal software projects used for testing new graphics processor
| designs prior to the availability of the actual hardware. Advanced Micro
| Devices has yet to release their 3D programming documentation covering the
| R600 series (or the brand-new RV770) nor the source-code to their two
| internal projects (TCore and KGrids), but following several postings in our
| forums over the past couple of weeks and many emails inquiring about the
| status, today we have a brief update to share.
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http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...600_soon&num=1

AMD Radeon HD 4870 X2 On Linux

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| For those just interested in using one of the Radeon HD 4870 X2's GPUs with
| an open-source driver, you can do that today. The PCI ID for the Radeon HD
| 4870 X2 is 0x9441. This ID was committed to the xf86-video-ati master branch
| last night so if you check out the latest source-code and build the driver
| you can have this card up and running.
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http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...0x2_open&num=2

RadeonHD Driver Switches To AtomBIOS

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| A number of the R500 and R600 graphics cards though have hard-coded
| mode-setting support that was done over the past year, but not all of that
| work has gone to waste. Where there is a hard-coded path, the RadeonHD driver
| will still use it unless the user sets the UseAtomBIOS option within their
| xorg.conf. For all other chipsets, AtomBIOS is used by default.
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http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...item&px=NjY1MQ

AMD to Nvidia: Two chips are better than one

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| Advanced Micro Devices announced on Monday its most powerful graphics
| technology to date, going after Nvidia in the rarified--and closely
| watched--enthusiast game segment.
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http://news.cnet.com/8301-13924_3-10013992-64.html

Nvidia has just reported massive losses (with the worst yet to come). Might the
price of being vain and proprietary...


Recent:

AMD Makes An Evolutionary Leap In Linux Support

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| Tux being part of their licensed box design, forthcoming CrossFire support,
| and other major features coming are major wins for the Linux community. For
| those concerned that AMD is attempting to build back up its binary blockade,
| don't worry as their open-source strategy will continue with the RV770. AMD
| engineers are in the process of sanitizing the programming documentation for
| this brand new GPU for public release in the coming weeks. We suspect the
| xf86-video-ati and xf86-video-radeonhd developers will have the documentation
| even sooner under NDA. In addition, the open-sourcing of KGrids and TCore
| will be relevant and helpful for the 2D and 3D RV770 open-source support.
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http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...volution&num=1


AMD teraflop processor is all about open-source

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| The Stream SDK’s Brook+ front-end is available as open source code.
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http://www.electronicsweekly.com/Art...pen-source.htm
http://tinyurl.com/68qs26


AMD Releases Stream SDK For Linux

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| NVIDIA's competition for Stream computing is CUDA, which is the Compute
| Unified Device Architecture, or CUDA for short. CUDA has been supported on
| Linux now for some time and NVIDIA is in the process of bringing PhysX to
| CUDA, for physics acceleration thanks to their acquisition of AGEIA. Intel's
| competition is Ct, or C for Throughput Computing.
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http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...released&num=1


AMD Stream SDK Coming To Linux Soon

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| NVIDIA has long supported their CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture)
| technology on Linux for allowing general-purpose code algorithms to be
| executed on the graphics processor, while AMD and their Stream Computing
| support has been absent on Linux. AMD has only been supporting their Stream
| SDK on Windows XP, but this morning we have confirmation that the Software
| Development Kit will be released for Linux in the coming days.
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http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...item&px=NjQ2Mw


ATI/AMD's Open-Source Plans

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| Starting off the X.Org talks at FOSDEM 2008 was AMD's John Bridgman, who has
| been leading the AMD GPG open-source efforts. John had talked briefly about
| the history of their open-source efforts for the R500+ series and the
| evolution of AMD GPU hardware. Among the interesting comments made were that
| TexturedVideo/X-Video support for the R500/600 may be coming quite soon, DRM
| and Mesa work forthcoming, open-source multi-GPU multi-GPU support is on the *
| road-map, and they will be re-releasing R200 programming documents. The RV620
| and RV635 documentation is expected in the near future. * * *
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http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...bridgman&num=1


Could AMD move open desktop Linux market?

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| AMD’s recent move to fully support open source graphics could be the best
| news desktop Linux has had in a long time.
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http://blogs.zdnet.com/open-source/?p=1427


AMD Launches Open GPU Website

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| AMD has today launched their new open GPU documentation website for
| register-level documents covering their ATI Radeon products. In addition,
| they are now providing an email address for any open-source developers who
| may have questions concerning these documents. *
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http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...item&px=NjMyOQ


AMD Delivers OpenGL Performance Increase for Linux Professional

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| Version 8.49.7 of the ATI Catalyst Driver is now available for download via
| the ATI Catalyst Linux software suite...
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http://newsticker.welt.de/index.php?...ouse&id=746092
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