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The Icon Bar: News and features: IYONIX 3D OpenGL Driver Released [Updated]

IYONIX 3D OpenGL Driver Released [Updated]

Posted by Andrew Duffell on 16:34, 2/9/2005 | , , , ,
Iyonix cubes demoIcon Bar regular, Simon Wilson has contacted us to let us know that the 3D driver and OpenGL API for the Iyonix that he has been developing is now available.

It is currently located at a temporary location until Simon moves it to the Iyonix website.

All the info is on the website, and it will be updated in a couple of days with more info and some screenshots.

Update: A demo is now available on Simon's site.

Link: IYONIX Mesa

  IYONIX 3D OpenGL Driver Released [Updated]
  mavhc (13:33 4/9/2005)
  hubersn (20:38 4/9/2005)
    sa110_mk (11:18 5/9/2005)
      adrianl (14:49 5/9/2005)
        ksattic (05:22 8/9/2005)
          Hertzsprung (09:27 9/9/2005)
Mark Scholes Message #93831, posted by mavhc at 13:33, 4/9/2005
Posts: 660
So Castle are planning to update the graphics card? Maybe they can't get any GeForce 2 cards now.

Is there any sign of a replacement XScale chip that does PCI-E? If one existed would it be likely to be able to support graphics cards?

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Steffen Huber Message #93832, posted by hubersn at 20:38, 4/9/2005, in reply to message #93831
Posts: 91
There are quite a few PCI-Express capable XScale variants available like the IOP333 - which has the added benefit of a vastly faster internal bus and can access faster DDR-RAM.
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Paul Stewart Message #93833, posted by sa110_mk at 11:18, 5/9/2005, in reply to message #93832
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Will a version of this be able to work on the A9home, when commercially released?
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Adrian Lees Message #93834, posted by adrianl at 14:49, 5/9/2005, in reply to message #93833
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The A9home uses a very much simpler chipset that only provides acceleration for 2D operations such as filling and copying rectangles, not the 3D transformations, texture rendering and lighting/shading calculations performed by the nVIDIA chipset.

I believe the Mesa port provides a software implementation for each of these stages, so it should certainly work on the A9home, but it'd likely be no more than 50% faster than the previously-available Mesa port was on a StrongARM RiscPC.

Having said that, it would appear that the weak link with Simon's new library on the IYONIX pc is the use/implementation of software floating point and any improvements in that area will benefit the A9home (and SA RPC) also.

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Simon Wilson Message #93835, posted by ksattic at 05:22, 8/9/2005, in reply to message #93834
Finally, an avatar!

Posts: 1291
What Adrian said. ;o)

Castle are looking into upgrading the graphics card, but I don't know how supplies of the original GeForce 2 card are looking. There are plenty available on the web still.

I've just uploaded a new version of IyonixMesa with red/blue swapping in place. Enjoy!

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James Shaw Message #93836, posted by Hertzsprung at 09:27, 9/9/2005, in reply to message #93835

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What does that do, then? :o
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