why the f*** would power management be a problem?! who cares if you tell the world how to power down your chip?Honestly, if we took that kind of black/white approach we would not have been able to release 3d information either. What we do instead is put together a team of technical and legal experts then pick through the IP and try to draw a dotted line between "the stuff you need to write a good driver" and "the stuff that we can't release" so we can make everyone happy. For some of the blocks (2d) it's pretty easy. For others (3d) it's a lot harder but we were able to do it successfully.
Video and power management are probably the hardest of all, but we're definitely going to release enough to make for a great user experience. I just don't know exactly where the line is going to be yet.
anyway, i am quite concerned about that. What are examples of such lines already taken with 3d, considered "cant release", but that you have "released enough for a good driver".
Please bottom line it for me, which features does the chips have, which you to this date(or know about for later stuff), have been unable to give specs on? Even if good drivers providing a good user experience can be made, with less "features" documented, i'd sure like to know what it is that AMD ahs deemed itself unable to tell us how to use.
the more i hear about the specs released and stuff, the more i get the feeling that the specs released isnt gonna be able to help create anything but a second class citizen feature wise(and no, i dont count DRM in as a feature.).