Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Jan 2009 22:25 UTC
Intel We already reported on the fact that updated Intel Atom chips are expected to arrive somewhere in the second half of 2009. With the Atom being Intel's only platform that's actually profitable, it makes sense for the chip maker to focus a lot of effort into improving the platform. Information provided by the usually-reliable DigiTimes points to some serious improvements making their way to Intel's Atom chip. The new chip is codenamed Pineview.
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RE[3]: tisk tisk
by 1c3d0g on Wed 21st Jan 2009 02:52 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: tisk tisk"
1c3d0g
Member since:
2005-07-06

Thanks, Poundsmack. I was about to scream in horror when I first heard that Intel was integrating its crappy GMA 950 IGP into the Atom. It's good to hear this is not the case, and that they'll license a capable chip design/arch from PowerVR.

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RE[4]: tisk tisk
by Lobotomik on Wed 21st Jan 2009 06:51 in reply to "RE[3]: tisk tisk"
Lobotomik Member since:
2006-01-03

Good!

Improved grahpics performance should really come handy in not-really-overpowered netbooks. And hardware video acceleration will make it a good candidate for a low-cost media box. But,

Bad!

PowerVR has not ever released public information on the internal workings of their accelerators, and as such there are no open-source drivers for Linux. This will make it a nasty chore to run up-to-date Linux distros on it, which is very bad.

I hope PowerVR comes to reason (or is pushed by Intel into it) and releases the necessary programming information. Intel should know this is a Good Thing, since ther GMA9xx chips, underpowered as they may be, (almost) always work like a dream in Linux, out of the box, and are usually the first to receive the latest innovations.

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RE[5]: tisk tisk
by Adurbe on Wed 21st Jan 2009 11:42 in reply to "RE[4]: tisk tisk"
Adurbe Member since:
2005-07-06

950s work because they are popular and generic

Im sure the linux (and oss) community in general will find a way of getting the 500 working just as well :-)

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RE[4]: tisk tisk
by poundsmack on Wed 21st Jan 2009 20:16 in reply to "RE[3]: tisk tisk"
poundsmack Member since:
2005-07-13

Tungsten Graphics is currently writing the linux drivers for the GMA 500 chipset. though I am not sure anyone will be able to verify that as of current, but good linux suport is not far off.

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