3D and DSP drivers now available.

January 20, 2009

Craig posted a link where you can download the Pandora’s 3D and DSP drivers.
Find it here
He also said there is some “very exciting” news, but can’t be revealed yet.



  1. Sadly Craigix doesn’t know what he’s talking about. It are drivers for the omap3evm board running a 2.6.22 TI kernel.
    It doesn’t contain anything that isn’t available otherwise thru the TI sit.

    *mumbles something about giving people false hope*

  2. Hmmm.

  3. Craig has responded to this in the forums. Basically, I don’t think he’s changed his position on it. 😉

  4. Craig points to John, and John actually backs up my position 🙂 That’s not a surprise since John and I have been working together on the 3D drivers the past few weeks.
    Just check the version numbers of the drivers.

  5. I gather that the actual news here, is that the drivers are now available to the public.

  6. Not really, drivers for a *different* board running a *different* kernel are availabe to the public.

    You need to patch the kernel drivers to work with other kernels, the userspace drivers kind-of work, but are non-distributable.

  7. I’m clearly out of my depth on this one. 😀

  8. Interesting, I only just spotted these comments but I think it may not be a bad idea to clarify some misunderstandings that have come up.

    As Koen mentions the drivers TI have released are basically old and require all manor of patching to even work on the Pandora/Beagle et. all. They are designed for a 2.6.22 kernel paired with an old user space. Koen and myself have been collaborating on getting working 3D support with recent kernels and recent user space on all the appropriate OMAP3 SoC’s using Open Embedded/Angstrom to glue it all together (I say collaborate, Koen is a machine when it comes to building code ;)).

    I think the confusion comes from the fact that 3D does work on the Pandora but requires a combination of drivers that are currently not distributable (well the user space is not). This fact was not totally appreciated due the intricacies of the situation and hence the misunderstanding came about.

    That is about all there is to it really. The PowerVR works and we are working to sort the user space items out in time for the release so you will be able to enjoy 3D on your freshly unpacked Pandora.


    David-John Willis

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