Intel News Archives
Just as planned, Intel has released their quarterly DDX driver update for Linux users and those using X.Org with its KMS-only support.
29 March 2010 - xf86-video-intel 2.11.0
Intel's Zou Nan hai has published a patch for the Intel kernel DRM code that provides multiple ring buffer support for Clarkdale and Arrandale systems, in other words Intel's new IGPs that are embedded onto CPUs such as the new Core i3 530 and its stellar integrated graphics.
27 March 2010 - Multiple Ring Buffer - 21 Comments
Intel has today announced its AppUp store is now available to those running Moblin 2.1. AppUp was announced back in January during the Consumer Electronics Show as a software application store designed for netbook users running Windows and Linux. Nearly three months later. AppUp for Moblin 2.1 is now available. This initial AppUp launch is limited to the United States and Canada, but next week some 27 countries within Europe should have access too.
25 March 2010 - Intel AppUp - 4 Comments
Not only is the X.Org community preparing for the release of X Server 1.8 and Mesa 7.8 (both of which had new RCs issued today), but the Intel OSTC team is preparing to push out the xf86-video-intel 2.11 DDX driver that will be part of their recommended 2010Q1 graphics driver stack.
22 March 2010 - New Release Candidate - 4 Comments
With the first quarter coming to an end soon, Intel is preparing its quarterly Linux graphics driver update. This time it's version 2.11 that's being primed of the xf86-video-intel DDX driver. The first release candidate came last month, but this afternoon Carl Worth has made available a second release candidate that's officially version 2.10.902.
15 March 2010 - New Release Candidate
When it comes to Intel's X.Org driver for Linux, xf86-video-intel, the most recent release was version 2.10 and it arrived in early January complete with Pineview (their next-generation Intel Atom systems) support, X-Video improvements, and various other features. The xf86-video-intel 2.11 driver is now emerging as their next quarterly update that brings in the KMS page-flipping and DRI2 swap events support. However, Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, which is set to be released in April, will not be shipping with either of these drivers. Instead Canonical has decided to stick with the xf86-video-intel 2.9 driver that was released last September.
9 March 2010 - xf86-video-intel 2.9 DDX - 10 Comments
Going back to last April, Intel's Ian Romanick has been working on GLU3 and yesterday afternoon on his blog he has announced some changes. The GLU3 code-base has moved to a new FreeDesktop.org Git repository, there is now a project mailing list, and he expects to finally release GLU3 1.0 within one month or so. There is some other functionality he hopes to push into GLU3, but that should be complete over the coming days.
1 March 2010 - Ian Romanick Project - 14 Comments
Intel's quarterly Linux graphics driver update is due out in about one month so preparations for this have gotten underway with the first release candidate now being available. The xf86-video-intel 2.11.0 RC1 (v2.10.901) driver boasts support for the latest DRI2 changes (particularly the KMS page-flipping ioctl and new swap events) and many bug fixes.
28 February 2010 - New Test Release - 8 Comments
Intel launched the desktop "Clarkdale" and mobile "Arrandale" processors a few months back that boasted a number of architectural improvements and one of the big features was the integration of a graphics processor directly on the CPU itself. As we shared when testing out the Intel Core i5 530 processor, the Clarkdale graphics performance was fairly nice and worked quite well under Linux using an open-source driver besides a few bugs.
25 February 2010 - Open-Source Too - 14 Comments
Over the weekend we started hearing from PR folks that there would be a joint Intel and Nokia news announcement on Monday that would be of interest to us, and today we found out that's indeed the case. The Mobile World Conference is currently taking place in Spain with all sorts of mobile platform announcements coming out for both Microsoft and Linux, but this one announcement today is that Intel and Nokia are joining forces on the mobile front by marrying their platforms together, Moblin and Maemo, respectively. The end product of combining Moblin and Maemo is a new project called MeeGo.
15 February 2010 - Mobile News - 21 Comments
Jesse Barnes, one of the Intel developers responsible for working on their Linux graphics driver stack, has published a new patch that adds "dynamic performance control support for Ironlake." Ironlake was Intel's codename for the onboard GPU found on new Clarkdale / Arrandale processors like the recently reviewed Intel Core i3 530. This patch takes advantage of a hardware performance and power management feature to actually increase the GPU clock (or to "overclock" it in a Graphics Turbo mode) when needed to deliver better performance. This patch is fairly large and can be found currently on the Intel driver mailing list.
29 January 2010 - One Patch Here, More Coming
Last week we shared that Intel Core i3 Linux benchmarks were being worked on at Phoronix with an Intel Core i3 530 "Clarkdale" processor that we had purchased. This recently released Intel Core i3 processor features an integrated graphics processor on the CPU itself. This next-generation Intel graphics processor is supported by the Linux 2.6.33 DRM and was actually being worked on publicly within the Intel Linux driver stack for months under the name of IGDNG. While Intel has been working on the Linux support for more than six months, the experience is still not ideal.
22 January 2010 - Initial Findings - 33 Comments
Earlier this month Intel had introduced their new Core i3 and Core i5 (and even Pentium) processors in the Clarkdale family. Clarkdale and Arrandale (the mobile version of the former) is more unique than some of the other recent Intel Core processors as it introduces a graphics processor on the CPU die itself. Unlike the Lynnfield launch where we were provided with Core i5 750 and Core i7 870 processors to provide Linux-based benchmarks on launch day, this was not the case with Clarkdale. As a result, while Intel's Clarkdale Core i3/i5 processors have been around for a week, there haven't been any real Linux benchmarks of these new processors published on the web.
15 January 2010 - Coming Soon - 13 Comments
While Moblin 2.1 was released in early November, today at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Intel Corp just putout the Moblin 2.1 IVI FC release. Moblin 2.1 IVI FC marks this as being the "feature complete" version in this release series. This release particularly is intended for Intel Atom Z530 + US15W platforms, but the open-source OS is using the VESA display driver by default due to Intel's non-free and much criticized Poulsbo driver.
6 January 2010 - Intel Update - 18 Comments
Intel has just put out its quarterly update to their X.Org DDX driver. This new driver is xf86-video-intel 2.10.0 and it delivers on dropping all support for user-space mode-setting (using kernel mode-setting is now a must), KMS video overlay support (when using the Linux 2.6.32 kernel or later), new debugging options, many bug-fixes, and support for the new Intel Pineview chips.
5 January 2010 - New DDX Release - 11 Comments
Less than two weeks ago the first release candidate for the xf86-video-intel 2.10 driver was released, but now the second release candidate can be obtained from its Git repository. Not a whole lot of work has been committed to the Intel DDX driver since xf86-video-intel 188.8.131.521, but 184.108.40.2062 is out there and testing is appreciated.
11 December 2009 - DDX Fun
Intel demonstrated today their "single-chip cloud computer" processor that offers an impressive 48 cores. While there are 48 cores on a single chip, this Intel processor only consumes as much power as two standard household light bulbs (this "futuristic" processor is operating between 25 and 125 Watts). However, before getting too excited, this is an experimental processor that is coming out of their research labs.
2 December 2009 - 48 Cores - 31 Comments
For the past year we have been documenting the Intel Poulsbo Linux driver and how it is a bloody mess on the basis of it being a binary-only driver (in comparison to their fully open-source stack for their other IGPs) that is not well maintained, is not easy to procure outside of Ubuntu, and is ridden by other problems. Intel though is not solely at fault because the GMA 500 "Poulsbo" chipset is actually a product of PowerVR.
1 December 2009 - The Bloody Poulsbo - 38 Comments
There's just a month left until the end of the year, which gives Intel just a few weeks to deliver its Q4'2009 driver update for the Linux platform. The key component that Intel is expected to release in December will be the xf86-video-intel 2.10.0 driver, while they will likely recommend Mesa, libdrm, and Linux kernel updates too as part of their fourth quarter package (Linux 2.6.32 and Mesa 7.7). While no groundbreaking features are introduced in this X.Org driver update, there is important work taking place.
30 November 2009 - xf86-video-intel 2.10 - 3 Comments
Two years ago Ubuntu began supporting LPIA, or the Low-Power Intel Architecture. LPIA is i386, but with different compile-time optimizations. LPIA was in use by the Ubuntu Mobile project with Intel's recent mobile CPUs supporting this lower-power architecture. Tests we carried out earlier this year at Phoronix showed Ubuntu's LPIA-based MID spin can conserve 10%+ power. However, Canonical is now abandoning this Intel architecture.
24 November 2009 - Low-Power Intel Architecture - 8 Comments
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