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Saturday, 02 February 2008 15:56

Intel releases graphics programming manuals

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FOSS developers will be able to write drivers for the Intel 965 Express chipset family and Intel G35 Express chipset graphics controller following the company's decision to release specs under a Creative Commons Licence.

In a media release, the Intel Graphics Development Group and Intel Open Source Technology Centre said the four-volume programmers reference manual contained details of the hardware "necessary to produce and maintain a complete driver, including accelerated media encoding and decoding, 2D and 3D graphics."

It said the manual, which runs to more than 1600 pages, included "everything from low-level register definitions and discussions on how each functional hardware block works through descriptions about the hardware architecture.

"Each documented feature includes a discussion on how the hardware works and how the hardware designers expected the software to operate."

This means FOSS developers will now be able to work independently of Intel and develop drivers that exploit the full funcitonality of the hardware in question.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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