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Kickstarter For Open Source GPU 108

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the let's-try-this-one-more-time dept.
First time accepted submitter eekee writes "The targets are high, but so is the goal: releasing Verilog source code for a GPU implementation. The source will be open source, LGPL-licensed, and suitable for loading onto an FPGA. The first target is for a 2D GPU with PCI interface; perhaps not terribly interesting in itself, but the first stretch goal is much more exciting: full OpenGL and Direct3D graphics." Unlike the Open Graphics Project, this is starting from a working 2D accelerator and mostly working 3D accelerator cloning the features of the Number Nine Ticket to Ride hardware. If they get a meelion bucks they'll overhaul the chip to support something other than PCI (although you can bridge between PCI and PCIe) and implement a modern programmable rather than fixed-function chip. Also unlike OGP, they do not appear interested in producing hardware, instead focusing entirely on the core itself for use in FPGAs (anyone want to dust off the OGD1 design?)
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Kickstarter For Open Source GPU

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  • This is hardware (Score:4, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday October 09, 2013 @10:45AM (#45082015)
    A lot tougher to get right than software. In software you can implement anything you want, as badly as you want. It doesn't cost anything and it's easy to start over. So what if you have an open source GPU? How are you going to connect it to the computer? You need an above-hobbyist PCB designer (sorry, it's true), you need someone to build the boards, test them, solder on the parts (assuming you were able to make a schematic and a BOM and order the parts), test again, and then you can start debugging software as maybe hardware bugs come out at the same time.
  • WTF is a "meelion" (Score:2, Insightful)

    by X0563511 (793323) on Wednesday October 09, 2013 @11:14AM (#45082261) Homepage Journal

    That kind of shit should be stripped out by "editors." No slang, please.

  • by xtal (49134) on Wednesday October 09, 2013 @11:14AM (#45082269)

    Open reference designs are invaluable.. they allow integration of this into an existing design or SoC, but more interestingly, provide an easy platform to customize at the hardware level.

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