Not only PowerVR
Posted Dec 12, 2009 10:27 UTC (Sat) by drag
In reply to: Not only PowerVR
Parent article: Poulsbo mess casts a shadow on Intel's Moblin project (ars technica)
I wouldn't be surprised if it sucked all around.
It's sad because the hardware is obviously useful and fairly powerful for
what it is, but it's crippled by proprietary drivers. For example it has
support, in Linux, for accelerating decoding and encoding of video that
would make my Core2Duo machine choke.
Just see the different demos. Do a Google Video search for 'Power SGX
and you can see all sorts of fabulous performance that that hardware is
capable of on all sorts of different platforms. Accelerated video playback,
accelerated encoding, accelerated GL shaders, video games, fancy GL-driven
UI, etc etc. All of them running on hardware that is tiny, very
efficient, very cheap, and running Linux.
It actually does seem like top notch stuff. If it was not for the state of
the driver the combination of Linux + GMA500 + Atom would be a slam dunk
for Intel. Moblin would be dirt cheap to use and blow the doors off of any
other x86 platform in terms of efficiency and price for the performance.
Of course right now I would not touch any GMA500 hardware with a ten foot
pole, when it comes to purchasing decisions. It sucks. And ultimately it is
going to hurt people's efforts for Linux on ARM 'smartbooks' and cell
phones much more then it is going to hurt Intel.
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