Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 15th Jul 2007 22:17 UTC
Morphos "SceneCON is an annual meeting of underground computer artists who are members of the famous demo scene. With SceneCON, the organizers aim to follow the two decade old tradition of demo scene parties in Hungary. Yet, with a bit of a twist. This years party was held from the 16th until the 17th of June, 2007. Among its highlights was an extensive demonstration of bplan's EFIKA miniature mainboard running various flavours of Linux as well as a work-in-progress version of MorphOS 2.0. Luckily, the presentation was captured on video. The entire presentation has a total length of nearly an hour with MorphOS 2.0 being featured in the last 14 minutes of it."
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by mbpark on Mon 16th Jul 2007 19:21 UTC
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The EFIKA has a few things going for it with regards to 3D and video.

1. The people writing the drivers have access to hardware/software specs for the XGI video chip that is being used to demo this particular configuration. XGI requires an NDA for this, like Nvidia and AMD/ATI.

2. Genesi is apparently assembling/producing the XGI cards for use with the EFIKA.

3. This means that the MorphOS people have access to the information they need to write the drivers.

4. The video card they are using, the XGI V3XT, has hardware Mpeg-2 decoding support built in. The hard part is DMAing everything to the card via the drivers if it's already MPEG-2.

5. There are working AIGLX drivers already for Linux for this particular card.

6. MorphOS, due to the fact that the overhead is significantly less than Linux, probably screams with their drivers.

SceneCON was a good place to show this hardware. Remember, many of the demo scene people run Amigas. This is being positioned as a replacement for them.

The card isn't the fastest out there, but that doesn't matter when you have specs to write the drivers. Recall what platform we're talking about here. If the drivers are small enough and target specific hardware features, video will fly on this.

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