Phoronix: Cracking Broadcom's VideoCore With An Open Driver
Nearly two months ago I wrote that a major open-source ARM announcement was coming. "This forthcoming announcement, which isn't being detailed yet but will be yet another Linux graphics exclusive for Phoronix the near future, is something entirely different from the other recent open-source ARM Linux graphics advancements" So what's the announcement?..
Yes!!!!!!!!!!!! I really hope they can open up all the features of VideoCore processor. It would be a big boon to hobbyists using the Raspberry Pi, which is fully open (except for the Videocore).
Anyways back to the topic, great job to those who are making such success. Lets hope Broadcom doesn't freak out about this, but I'm sure they would have by now if they sincerely cared.
So somebody is working on VideoCore. Huge news. We've known this from day -1. Even when we didn't *know*, we would have guessed.
I guess I was expecting too much when I hoped the "announcement" would come with some actual details.
I'm supprised they don't use the BCM 97012 (or whatever that number was, it was even int he article but i'm lazy looking it up). They have those cores, why not use them?
Anyway, it was indeed only a matter of time. Whether they crack the GPU however, is a whole another level. As that one is quite integrated into everything.
What I still don't get, is why Broadcom choose the Broadcom SoC. Alternatives probably didn't maybe exist back when they where designing the Pie (or where there?) But the AMLogic CPU sounds very promising (with, albeit unlicensed atm, have actually source code out in the open for their VPU) and even the Allwinnertech A10 sounds more feasible then this Broadcom, the Mali 300 GPU (which is being worked on) isn't required to use and boot the device. So booting an A10 or AMLogic based board, can boot and probably even use 2D stuff, without any blob or firmware installed. That's pretty important IMO.
But with one of the pie devs working for broadcom, it kinda explains a thing or two.
Of course I ment, 'rasberry pie' inc. But of course I was stating the obvious
Aww, could somebody do this kind of stuff for UVD?
But good job anyway since you really do need a video accel ASIC for these small ARM thingies.
Stop TCPA, stupid software patents and corrupt politicians!