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ValleyView: Next Generation Atom SoC using Ivy Bridge GPUs

Postposted on Wed Mar 21, 2012 8:31 pm

Some interesting information "leaked" from Intel due to some codenames included in kernel updates for some next-generation Atom based SoCs: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=n ... px=MTA3NDc

It looks like Intel is dumping PowerVR and moving the Ivy Bridge GPU architecture (likely in cut-down form for low power consumption) over to Atom. This is *excellent* news because Ivy Bridge already has excellent open-source driver support under Linux and that means that the craptacular PowerVR drivers that have crippled earlier versions of Atom will soon be a thing of the past. I've said in the past that Intel's GPU efforts are almost entirely geared toward mobile users and this just exemplefies that philosophy.
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Re: ValleyView: Next Generation Atom SoC using Ivy Bridge GP

Postposted on Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:22 pm

Seems unlikely to me. Sandy Bridge GPU, maybe, but not Ivy Bridge. Ivy Bridge is 22nm, while Sandy Bridge and ValleyView are both 32nm; it would seem like a lot of work to move the 22nm GPU to 32nm.

Besides, David Kanter said Intel's 22nm Atom cellphone chip will have PowerVR Series 6 GPU in it. It would be silly to switch to an in-house low-power GPU for just one intermediate chip.
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Re: ValleyView: Next Generation Atom SoC using Ivy Bridge GP

Postposted on Thu Mar 22, 2012 2:11 pm

NeelyCam wrote:Besides, David Kanter said Intel's 22nm Atom cellphone chip will have PowerVR Series 6 GPU in it. It would be silly to switch to an in-house low-power GPU for just one intermediate chip.


With Windows-for-ARM imminent, is there any point to an x86 cellphone CPU? Intel has already lost that battle.

Atom for netbooks/tablets, meanwhile, desperately needs a major graphics improvement.
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