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Thread: Silicon Motion Driver Gets RandR 1.2, EXA

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    Default Silicon Motion Driver Gets RandR 1.2, EXA

    Phoronix: Silicon Motion Driver Gets RandR 1.2, EXA

    If you happen to be using a Silicon Motion GPUs, there's good news with its latest open-source driver update. A Mandriva engineer has released xf86-video-siliconmotion 1.7.0, which adds in some significant features...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=Njk2MQ

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    silicon motion gpus?
    never heard of these!

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    Me either. I can't really find anything on google either. Does anyone have a link to some specifications or something?

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    From what I can figure out, they make embedded gpus? I don't know why you'd want an Xorg driver for that, though.

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    Silicon Motion products were used in a number of laptops if you go back a few years :

    http://www.allbusiness.com/electroni...6471414-1.html

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    Mandriva's netbook also has silicon motion graphics:
    http://www.gdium.com/en/product/liberty1000

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    Quote Originally Posted by curaga View Post
    Mandriva's netbook also has silicon motion graphics:
    http://www.gdium.com/en/product/liberty1000
    Ahh, that certainly explains Mandriva's interest in this driver.

    Looks like an interesting netbook. It has a 900MHz 64-bit MIPS Loongson CPU.

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    The older 7xx chips were used in a number of older laptops. The newer 501/502 chips are usually SoCs and are used for various embedded platforms. Only the later 7xx chips had 3D engines, the 501/502 chips are 2D only. All the chips support rotated 2D blits and basic video overlay. I wrote the initial siliconmotion dualhead support years ago on an old thinkpad with a siliconmotion chip.

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