Intel readies Sandy Bridge Linux support

Intel is well known for its open source love, so it’s no surprise the firm has started to roll out its Sandy Bridge GPU support on Linux.

Phoronix reports that even several months ago when Intel first launched its desktop “Clarkdale” and mobile “Arrandale” flavoured processors, Clarkdale’s graphics performance worked rather well on Linux, a few bugs aside.

But now with the parts well settled and established, Intel’s open sourcerers are apparently already delivering bits and bobs of new code for the next iteration of the on-CPU integrated graphics chip, Intel’s sixth-generation graphics processor, which should be out by the end of 2010.

According to Phoronix, the initial pieces of Sandy Bridge’s Linux graphics code are already available in “the Git master repository for the Direct Rendering Manager and in the xf86-video-intel DDX X.Org driver.” Whatever that means.

We’re also told that open source Sandy Bridge support will be pushed out “in the Linux 2.6.34 kernel for the DRM and in xf86-video-intel 2.11 for the DDX user-space side.”
PCI IDs (0x0102 and 0x0106) have also purportedly been added to the driver for both desktop and mobile processors.

Sandy Bridge offerings, which Intel is touting at a whopping 200 percent faster than current Clarkdales, aren’t due to tip up before the last quarter of this year, but the Linux kernel could be out as early as May or June, with Intel’s new DDX release due to show its face in a couple of months too.

Saucy stuff.