ATI Driver Plans

April 12th, 2007 by Crusader

In the midst of an interview with ExtremeTech, ATI’s Phil Rogers discusses a Linux graphics card driver slated for future release:

ExtremeTech: The Vista driver, beginning with Catalyst 7.1, contains a “re-architected” OpenGL driver component. Exactly what is “re-architected” about it?

Rogers: Everything. This is a completely new driver, written from scratch in the last three years. The new OpenGL driver does re-use the same shader compiler as the previous driver. We actually use the same shader compiler in all our drivers: Direct3D, OpenGL and CTM. It is a policy, or at least a tradition, in our software group to write a new driver for each component about every 5-7 years.

ExtremeTech: Why make the switch in the Vista driver, and not the XP one? Can XP users expect to get this new re-architected driver in the future?

Rogers: The new OpenGL driver has been designed from the ground up for Windows Vista, Windows XP and Linux and internally we are running and testing it on all three (or six if you count the 64 bit versions). As we planned the transition to the new OpenGL driver, it did not make sense to port the previous OpenGL driver to Vista. So as Vista approached, it naturally became the launch vehicle for the new driver and its highest priority. The XP and Linux versions of this new OpenGL driver will ship later this year.

5 Responses to “ATI Driver Plans”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    Hopefully this won’t end up like 3DRealms Duke Nukem Forever. I’m glad they’re motivated by something, even if it’s that dogshit OS called Vista.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    XFree86 ATI Radeon drivers…good, but not enough for some.
    X.ORG ATI Radeon drivers…buggy for old ATI adaptors with PCI bridge.
    ATI FireGL Radeon drivers…correct polygon rendering on PCI Radeon adaptors, but still having texture problems.
    DirectFB Radeon drivers…verry good, and progressing well.

    but wait!

    We forgot the true Commercial Offer from GEICO^H^H^H^H^H Xi Graphics’ AcceleratedX!
    For only USD 120, you get full support and excellent multi-head, all with accelerated openGL that is better than provided by DRI and the closed ATI FireGL!

  3. bobcat Says:

    I despise people who mutilate a noun such as “architect” and use it as a verb.

    And no, “architect” is not a synonym for “design”.

    Architects do not “architect”. They design.

  4. glutinous Says:

    Personally, I find this to be very interesting news. Could this finally mean nVidia will not be the only choice for gaming under Linux? Not that I dislike nVidia, but a bit of competition is always good. :) Once these drivers are out, I might finally be able to condsider getting an ATI for my next rig. Now that would be a real benefit for Linux gamers.

    All we need now are some comparable open-source drivers. One can only hope!

  5. Anonymous Says:

    where’s rendermonkey for Linux?

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