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ARM Cortex-A15 big.LITTLE Pitted Against Intel, AMD

Yesterday I began posting quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 SoC benchmarks using an ODRIOID-XU with Exynos 5 Octa, which has a quad-core Cortex-A15 paired with the "little" quad-core Cortex-A7. In this article are more benchmarks of the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa compared to various AMD and Intel CPUs.

22 October 2013 - ODROID-XU - 18 Comments
ARM Cortex-A15 Quad-Core Linux ODROID-XU Tests

When the first ARM Cortex-A15 SoCs started rolling out in devices I found the dual-core A15 performance to be crazy fast for ARM and still find the Cortex-A15 performance to be great for low-power devices. Now, however, there's quad-core Cortex-A15 SoCs and even with the big.LITTLE architecture these four A15 cores can be paired with four A7 cores. In this article are our first benchmark results to share of a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa with a 1.6GHz Cortex-A15 configuration paired with a quad-core Cortex-A7 processor.

21 October 2013 - ARM Cortex-A15 - 20 Comments
The Best Sub-$100 Computer Glass Desk?

Every once in a while Phoronix readers that see photos of my office setup inquire about the glass computer desks I use. These particular desks are very functional, built well out of glass and metal, and are surprisingly affordable.

20 October 2013 - Glass Desk - 8 Comments
UPower 1.0 Release Is Moving Closer

The 1.0 release of UPower, the abstraction layer for enumerating power devices and other power-related tasks that were formerly handled by HAL and then formerly known as DeviceKit-Power, is approaching.

16 October 2013 - UPower 1.0 - 3 Comments
Imagination Unveils "Warrior P-Class" Processor

Imagination Technologies, a name notorious amongst Linux users largely over the company's shoddy Linux driver support for their PowerVR graphics cores, unveiled a new processor core today. Announced today in London was Imagination's first MIPS "Warrior P-Class" CPU core.

14 October 2013 - Imagination - Add A Comment
Linux Gets Extended Hardware Error Log Driver

A set of eight patches were published today for the Linux kernel that implement an extended hardware error log driver that provides enhanced Intel MCA event logging. With this driver, certain errors are more useful for users like being able to report the particular memory RAM DIMM where a memory corrected error happened and other detailed information not currently exposed via the Linux kernel.

11 October 2013 - Linux Hardware Error - Add A Comment
Kickstarter-Based Open-Source GPU Launches

As first reported yesterday on Phoronix, there's a new effort to raise one million dollars for a LGPLv3-licensed FPGA-based shader-supported graphics processor. Today the Kickstarter campaign kicked off with details in full on this new project.

9 October 2013 - Kickstarter GPU - 27 Comments
One Million Dollars For A Shader-Based LGPLv3 GPU

A company is going to attempt to open-source their graphics accelerator 2D hardware design under the LGPLv3 license. Additionally, they claim for one million dollars they would be able to come up with a 3D shader-based open-source graphics accelerator.

8 October 2013 - Kickstarter Attempt - 45 Comments
The State Of Open-Source ARM GPU Drivers

Rob Clark of the fast-growing Freedreno project provided a status update earlier this week at the X.Org Developers' Conference concerning his open-source ARM Qualcomm graphics driver, the Lima driver for ARM' Mali, GRATE for NVIDIA's Tegra, and Etnaviv for Vivante graphics hardware.

27 September 2013 - ARM Graphics - 8 Comments
LM-Sensors Sensor-Detect Is Causing Hardware Issues

As a forewarning if you use LM-Sensors' sensor-detect program for detecting available hardware sensor/monitoring drivers of your system hardware, the open-source program is causing "serious trouble" for some newer hardware.

26 September 2013 - Sensors-Detect - 6 Comments
IBM To Throw Another $1 Billion USD Towards Linux

Yesterday's exciting news from LinuxCon NA 2013 was Gabe Newell's keynote where he talked about Linux as the future of gaming and exciting news coming next week. Today the interesting topic at LinuxCon is about IBM investing another billion dollars towards Linux and promoting its POWER architecture.

17 September 2013 - IBM Linux - 7 Comments
Apple Not Yet Committing LLVM/Clang A7 Support

Apple released the iPhone 5S today and it's powered by their own A7 chip, which is a 64-bit ARM SoC and claims to be up to twice the CPU and graphics performance of its predecessor. The Apple A7 SoC has over one billion transistors and its interesting to see it being a 64-bit processor while ARM doesn't yet have out its own 64-bit chips in the wild yet. While the A7 is interesting, Apple isn't yet ready to comment on the compiler support.

10 September 2013 - Apple A7 - 21 Comments
PengPod Claims It Will Transform PC & Tablet World

PengPod, a low-quantity Linux tablet vendor, released the PengPod 1040 tablet today that they claim will "transform the PC and Tablet world by merging both elegantly together to fit any lifestyle." But will it really pan out?

9 September 2013 - PengPod 1040 - Add A Comment
IdeaPad Slidebar Driver Comes In For Linux 3.12

The input merge happened for the Linux 3.12 kernel merge window. When it comes to input drivers for this next major Linux kernel release, the main addition is a Slidebar driver for Lenovo Ideapad laptops.

8 September 2013 - Linux 3.12 - Add A Comment
Talking Linux Hardware Support, Phoronix History

For those interested in more of my personal views on Linux hardware support, good Linux-compatible hardware, and other open-source/hardware/benchmarking related topics, earlier this week I was on the Everyday Linux podcast talking about such Phoronix topics.

7 September 2013 - Everyday Linux User - 13 Comments
Lemote's Playing With Loongson Radeon UVD

Many Phoronix readers seem to be infatuated by the MIPS-based Loongson systems, while the hardware is hard to find -- and even if you manage to find it in western markets, it's very expensive. For those fond of the Loongson processors and happen to have a Radeon chipset, Lemote is playing around with Radeon UVD video acceleration.

5 September 2013 - Loongson - 9 Comments
System76 Serval Pro vs. Gazelle Pro Linux Laptops

For those curious how the performance of System76's high-end Linux laptops have evolved over the past two years, here are some benchmarks comparing the latest Gazelle Professional "Haswell" laptop against the Serval Professional from the Intel "Sandy Bridge" days.

31 August 2013 - System76 - 3 Comments
TOSHIBA 128GB Q-Series SATA 3.0 SSD Linux Tests

Up for some quick Linux benchmarking this Friday afternoon are tests of the Toshiba Q Series HDTS212XZSTA 128GB SATA III Solid State Drive. This SSD drive has been pitted against five other HDD/SSD disk drives on Ubuntu Linux for some interesting performance tests.

30 August 2013 - TOSHIBA HDTS212XZSTA - 1 Comment
Ubuntu Is Close To Recommending 64-Bit By Default

While x86_64 hardware has been very common for years and it's now almost impossible to find new PC hardware that is x86-only, the Ubuntu download pages have continued to recommend the 32-bit version of Ubuntu Linux by default for new desktop installations. Fortunately, that may finally change.

29 August 2013 - Ubuntu 13.10 x86_64 - 31 Comments
NVIDIA/AMD Still Reportedly Working On Mir Drivers

During the first day of the latest virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit, there were some brief remarks made concerning the state of the NVIDIA and AMD Catalyst binary drivers in supporting the Mir Display Server for Ubuntu.

28 August 2013 - Binary Blobs - 39 Comments
Linux Can Work On The 2013 MacBook Air

As soon as Apple launched their Haswell-based MacBook Air I purchased the "ultrabook" for its long battery life, great build quality, and impressive design. However, running Linux on the 2013 MacBook Air has been a pain. It wasn't running cleanly but it looks like the major kernel booting problem comes down to a UEFI interaction issue.

25 August 2013 - Hardware Issues - 19 Comments
Oculus Rift Is Easy To Setup On Linux

For those wondering about using the Oculus Rift VR system on Linux for a virtual reality 3D gaming headset, it should work just fine on your favorite Linux distribution.

23 August 2013 - Oculus Rift - 7 Comments

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