Inside the Am2901: AMD’s 1970s bit-slice processor

Ken posted an article taking a closer look at AMD’s Am2901 chip: You’re probably familiar with modern processors made by Advanced Micro Devices. But AMD’s processors go back to 1975, when AMD introduced the Am2901. This chip was a type of processor called a bit-slice processor: each chip processed just 4 bits, but multiple chips […]

AMD releases open source UVD support

The Phoronix website is reporting that AMD will be publishing open-source driver code that exposes their Unified Video Decoder (UVD) engine on modern Radeon HD graphics cards, which will allow open-source graphics drivers to take advantage of hardware-accelerated video decoding. Open-source UVD/video-acceleration support to go along with their open-source OpenGL is something Linux uses have […]