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Old 01 April 2015, 18:57   #1
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Warp3D for RadeonHD Southern Islands

New 3D Drivers for AmigaOS 4.1: Warp3D for Southern Islands Graphics Cards

A-EON Technology Ltd
is pleased to announce that the first release candidate of RadeonHD Southern Islands Warp3D driver is now available to purchase and download from AMIStore App Store.

Following our acquisition of the joint ownership of Warp3D, to complement our ongoing work with the driver for the Evergreen RadeonHD graphics card series, we commissioned AmigaOS graphics specialist Hans de Ruiter to create a Warp3D driver for the newer Southern Islands chipsets.

PDF News Release (click here)



At the heart of the new Southern Island Warp3D driver is the W3D_SI.library which provides 3D graphics acceleration for selected Radeon HD 7xxx and Radeon Rx series graphics cards which include the Southern Islands Graphics Processing Units (GPUs). The driver has already gone through several iterations and has been put through its paces by a core group of dedicated AmigaOS 4 beta testers.


Warp3D-SI Features:

* Supports larger textures (up to 16384x16384 memory permitting).

* Performance is less dependent on resolution than previous drivers, including rendering at HD resolutions.

* Submits vertices to the GPU via vertex buffers rather than directly in the command stream (one of the bottlenecks of the old Radeon drivers).

* Uses the RadeonHD_RM.resource for VRAM allocation, providing more efficient memory management than own system.

* Accumulates small vertex arrays into larger buffers to provide faster performance where lots of tiny render operations are performed

* Doesn't lock the entire graphics system between
3D_LockHardware() / W3D_UnlockHardware(), so an
application or game crash is less likely to freeze the entire system

To complement the development Hans de Ruiter has also updated MiniGL and at the time of writing version 2.20 was ready for release on Warp3D.

New updated RadeonHD drivers are also being released to coincide with the update. Registered owners can
now download the new versions of 1.4 and 2.7 from AMIstore.

Warp3D RadeonHD Southern Islands Requirements:

An AmigaONE or AmigaOS 4.1 compatible computer with:-

* AmigaOS 4.1 “Final Edition”
* RadeonHD V1.4 or V2.7
* MiniGL - version 2.20 or later

Containing one of the following RadeonHD or Radeon Rx Southern Island graphics cards:

* Radeon HD 7750-7970 series graphics card (excluding the Radeon HD 7790)
* Radeon R7 250X/265 (excluding R7 250)
* Radeon R9 270/270X/280/280X

This version is the first Release Candidate (version 1.9).

With this release A-EON is once again pleased to re-affirm our commitment to providing new and progressive software for AmigaOS and towards our customers.

We would like to thank Hans De Ruiter for his work on this release.



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I'm glad to see new drivers being produced but I can't believe that money is being asked for it. The majority of the code is probably derived from the open source Linux driver anyway.
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Would you work full time for five months writing the Warp3D for free? This project was a lot of work and consequently very expensive.

A benefit of this project was that MiniGL and MGLUT Libraries was also substantially updated from 2.5 to 2.20 by A-EON's developer. This has been now released for free for the full benefit of Amiga Community.
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Source code available?
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Yes source code for Minigl and Mglut libs is in the archive.
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Not one word of congratulations or thanks?
C'mon EAB we're politer than that.

Good job Amigakit, thanks for sticking in there!
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Agreed and Thank you!

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Would you work full time for five months writing the Warp3D for free? This project was a lot of work and consequently very expensive.
Still, I can't help to think that those five months would have been much better spent finally getting that Gallium3D port done. And then writing a Warp3D -> OpenGL wrapper.
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Still, I can't help to think that those five months would have been much better spent finally getting that Gallium3D port done. And then writing a Warp3D -> OpenGL wrapper.
Gallium3D is being done by Hyperion.
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I'm glad to see new drivers being produced but I can't believe that money is being asked for it. The majority of the code is probably derived from the open source Linux driver anyway.
I wonder if that linux driver is GPL?
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Yes, well done guys, it's impressive work!

Any why shouldn't they charge for the drivers? AMD and NVidia already charge you for the time spent developing drivers by factoring this (probably quite extensive) cost into their retail price. I wouldn't expect they get their developers to write drivers for free...
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