Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 20:13 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Ah, the ARM chip. ARM is a hugely successful architecture, and can be found in just about every cell phone or other small device out there. ARM, however, wants more, and for a long time now we've been hearing predictions about an upcoming massive rise in ARM netbooks - so far, this hasn't materialised. Warren East, ARM's CEO, said in an interview with PC Pro that netbooks could one day make up 90% of the laptop market - preferably powered by ARM processors of course.
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open source drivers
by dominik.holler on Wed 3rd Feb 2010 22:26 UTC
dominik.holler
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2007-05-24

Anyone knows if there will be opensource drivers for the new Arm platform (especialy video (OpenCL/OpenGL/h264) and WiFi chips) ?

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RE: open source drivers
by lemur2 on Thu 4th Feb 2010 00:23 in reply to "open source drivers"
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2007-02-17

Anyone knows if there will be opensource drivers for the new Arm platform (especialy video (OpenCL/OpenGL/h264) and WiFi chips) ?


If a driver is open source, there should be no problem at all with providing it for ARM.

Open source drviers are available for Intel and ATI graphics chipsets, and there is a start for a new open source driver for nvidia graphics chips coming out soon with kernel 2.6.33 (although AFAIK this new driver is still incomplete).

The nvidia tegra platform should have closed-source drivers.
http://www.nvidia.com/object/io_1212391368499.html
http://www.intomobile.com/2010/01/07/nvidia-tegra-250-dual-core-arm...

The situation with wifi chips isn't as good. Intel and Ralink wifi chipsets will have open source drivers, but other chipsets (notably Broadcom chipsets) possibly won't have.

More info here:
http://www.linux-drivers.org/network.html

However ... any OEM making an ARM device would be insane to include any chipset that did not have a good open source driver for Linux. There are plenty of choices for wifi chipsets that do have open source drivers for Linux, so other recalcitrant chipset manufacturers will miss out on supplying to this market.

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