ATI, AMD, and free drivers
Posted Aug 3, 2006 10:30 UTC (Thu) by NRArnot
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What greater pressure can there be above AMD's main (only?) competitor (Intel) doing things the open way?
At present, Intel's graphics chips are not anywhere near the standards set by NVidia and ATI, so this pressure is not intense. However, don't expect it to stay that way much longer. For one thing, the "entry level" requirements of MS Vista are quite high. For another, the direction of technological development is towards closer and closer integration, and more and more bandwidth, between the GPU and the CPU. I expect that in the not very distant future, entry-level will be on the same chip as the CPU, and high-end graphics will plug into one [or more] of the other CPU socket[s] on a dual- [or multi]-CPU motherboard.
The thing that worries me most is Hollywood, DRM and laws. We could end up with a situation where it is actually *illegal* to have a GPU supported by fully open source, just as (in some countries) it's already illegal to have a fully open-source Wireless NIC driver.
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