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[News] AMD Phenom Tested in Linux

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Phenomenon Redux: AMD Phenom II in Linux Test

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| A recent Linux Community test compared the AMD Phenom X4 with a Turion X2 and 
| Intel P9400. Meanwhile AMD has sent us its new Phenom II processor, prompting 
| a new test. These are the latest benchmark results.  


Phenom II Breaks 6.5GHz, Enables New 3DMark Record

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| Prior to the official release of AMD's next-generation 45nm Phenom II 
| processors, the Sunnyvale, California-based chip maker held a number of 
| events where it approached the opportunity of demonstrating the overclocking 
| potential of its latest desktop processors. Soon after their official release 
| at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, the processors were 
| used in yet another demonstration, where one of AMD's Phenom II products was 
| pushed to record clock levels and was used to break the Futuremark 3DMark05 
| record.       



AMD's X-Video Bitstream Acceleration

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| In early September we shared that UVD2 and XvMC is coming to Linux and that
| two new library files had begun shipping with the ATI Catalyst driver:
| AMDXvBA and XvBAW. Earlier this month the Unified Video Decoding 2 (UVD2)
| support was then enabled by default in the Catalyst 8.10 driver. These video
| acceleration improvements to the ATI Linux driver aren't exactly end-user
| friendly yet, but today we have information on how those interested can begin
| using the X-Video Motion Compensation extension with their ATI hardware along
| with what the XvBA extension will provide users in regards to advanced video
| acceleration that is very similar to Microsoft's DirectX Video Acceleration.


ATI to Show Linux Some Love

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| According to recent reports, AMD's graphics subsidiary is set on becoming
| more Linux-friendly. The company plans to release new Catalyst drivers for
| Linux-based operating systems, which will allow playback of protected
| high-definition content on a Linux OS. The new drivers should become
| available sometime in October 2008, thus enabling the company to address the
| market of Linux-based computers by bringing to the table a feature currently
| unavailable.


ATI to Enable High-Definition Video Playback on Linux-Based Computers.

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| ATI, graphics product group of Advanced Micro Devices, plans to enable
| playback of protected high-definition content under Linux operating system
| (OS) sometime in October, 2008. The move will allow the company to address
| the market of Linux-based computers with a unique feature, which is not
| currently available.


AMD Makes An Evolutionary Leap In Linux Support

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| Tux being part of their licensed box design, forthcoming CrossFire support,
| and other major features coming are major wins for the Linux community. For
| those concerned that AMD is attempting to build back up its binary blockade,
| don't worry as their open-source strategy will continue with the RV770. AMD
| engineers are in the process of sanitizing the programming documentation for
| this brand new GPU for public release in the coming weeks. We suspect the
| xf86-video-ati and xf86-video-radeonhd developers will have the documentation
| even sooner under NDA. In addition, the open-sourcing of KGrids and TCore
| will be relevant and helpful for the 2D and 3D RV770 open-source support.


AMD teraflop processor is all about open-source

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| The Stream SDK’s Brook+ front-end is available as open source code.


AMD Releases Stream SDK For Linux

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| NVIDIA's competition for Stream computing is CUDA, which is the Compute
| Unified Device Architecture, or CUDA for short. CUDA has been supported on
| Linux now for some time and NVIDIA is in the process of bringing PhysX to
| CUDA, for physics acceleration thanks to their acquisition of AGEIA. Intel's
| competition is Ct, or C for Throughput Computing.


AMD Stream SDK Coming To Linux Soon

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| NVIDIA has long supported their CUDA (Compute Unified Device Architecture)
| technology on Linux for allowing general-purpose code algorithms to be
| executed on the graphics processor, while AMD and their Stream Computing
| support has been absent on Linux. AMD has only been supporting their Stream
| SDK on Windows XP, but this morning we have confirmation that the Software
| Development Kit will be released for Linux in the coming days.

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