Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Sep 2007 20:24 UTC, submitted by hechacker1
AMD "This morning at the X Developer Summit in the United Kingdom, Matthew Tippett and John Bridgman of AMD have announced that they will be releasing their ATI GPU specifications without any Non-Disclosure Agreements needed by the developers! In other words, their GPU specifications will be given to developers in the open. Therefore you shouldn't need to worry about another R200 incident taking place. The 2D specifications will be released very soon and the 3D ones will follow shortly."
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RE[2]: Nice....
by StaubSaugerNZ on Tue 11th Sep 2007 03:15 UTC in reply to "RE: Nice...."
StaubSaugerNZ
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2007-07-13

Kaiwai,
I've also been looking at laptops (available in New Zealand) that are great for software development for around NZ$3k (~US$2100). Check out the HP 8510w if you haven't already. For the longest time this line of models (starting with the nw84x0 series) only had ATI graphics, which sucked on Linux, until now! Good on AMD/ATI! Due to the sucky support of ATI on Linux I was looking around at alternatives to this line of laptop for my next machine. But ATI's announcement means they're back in the running.

By the way, the 8510w is not now restricted to ATI only, you can now choose either NVIDIA Quadro FX 570M or ATI FireL V5600. You can't lose.

Apologies everyone else for the first bit being only weakly related to the thread about the ATI spec release (disclaimer: I don't work for HP or AMD/ATI, just wanna see that fellow coders are made aware of good kit). But I feel that this news from AMD might make a difference to people's purchasing decisions (provided AMD actually deliver).

Now back to your usual programme ...

Edited 2007-09-11 03:19

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RE[3]: Nice....
by ormandj on Tue 11th Sep 2007 03:17 in reply to "RE[2]: Nice...."
ormandj Member since:
2005-10-09

You both should check out http://lenovo.com .

The T-series is awesome. http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/ThinkWiki for more info.

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RE[4]: Nice....
by StaubSaugerNZ on Tue 11th Sep 2007 03:21 in reply to "RE[3]: Nice...."
StaubSaugerNZ Member since:
2007-07-13

Thanks for the link (although Lenovos are big bricks).

Fingers crossed Nvidia will pressured enough to release their specs - then we can write a decent driver for the Nvidia chip on the Playstation 3 (Ubuntu on PS3 runs a bit slow without decent graphics hardware acceleration).

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RE[3]: Nice....
by kaiwai on Tue 11th Sep 2007 04:38 in reply to "RE[2]: Nice...."
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

I have a dv6209tx which is a Core 2 1.83Ghz with an nVidia go 7400 - basically it runs every operating system I've chucked at it. OpenSolaris runs nicely, along with Fedora, Ubuntu and SLED 10 SP1. With 2gigs of memory, you could say its a little pocket-rocket.

Its all basically going to hinge on what Intel does with their GPU designs and also what happens with the 'gpu extensions' ala SSE4 being promoted by AMD. Its difficult to envision where the future will lead but I hope that it'll force all players in the market from relying on 'secret sauce' and instead compete based on technical merit and branding instead.

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