AMD’s Unified Linux driver is only for future Radeon cards




AMD comes up with a unified open source Radeon kernel driver for Linux, based on the current Radeon Direct Rendering Manager driver. Only future Radeon cards will support the new driver, the current does not.

AMD has announced his plans to the Unified Linux driver during XDC2014 event in Bordeaux. Consequence of the unified driver offering is that Linux users can get faster. Support for new graphics technology

AMD is developing a new open-source kernel driver for Linux, which is based in part on the existing Radeon Direct Rendering Manager driver. The new kernel driver is the basis for the open source driver stack for non-pro users and for a closed variant, for example, users of professional AMD FirePro graphics cards. For the driver is that it is only supported by future card generations.

Phoronix expected that the code will be available this fall in parts, and that the first cards with support the Radeon Rx 300 models based Pirate Islands GPU’s going to be true for months rumors go. AMD does use the Sea Islands GPU, for example, the Radeon R9 290 when testing the new drivers, but AMD will not support the release.

The slides of the presentation is relevant to see that AMD Linux drivers tack divides into three parts: all-open, non-pro and pro. All three opensource Base Graphics driver with new kernel driver, the kernel interface, the DDX driver and opensource Mesa- user mode graphics drivers the base. Constitutes In the non-pro-stack are the closed source umd’s for OpenGL and OpenCL uses and Pro stack is not yet adds closed FirePro services and add-ons unnamed open to it.


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