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posted by janrinok on Wednesday August 03, @01:02PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]

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The Raspberry Pi 4's open-source Vulkan driver for its Broadcom GPUs has now achieved conformance with the Vulkan API 1.2 standard. 

Vulkan is a graphics and compute API that provides high-efficiency, cross-platform access to modern GPUs, and aims to provide graphics developers with new ways to get the best performance out of hardware. Raspberry Pi founder Eben Upton described the driver as a 'much requested feature' when work started on the project a couple of years ago.

[...] The new driver will come to future Raspberry Pi OS updates as the Vulkan 1.2 updates have been merged into the upstream V3DV Mesa driver. As with Vulkan 1.0 conformance Raspberry Pi gained over a year ago, Vulkan 1.2 API conformance gives app developers better access to Pi's Broadcom VideoCore 3d GPU. 

The best examples of "real world" applications for Vulkan on Raspberry Pi today are games running on Android/Lineage, Upton said.

Raspberry Pi has partnered with consultancy Igalia to develop Vulkan drivers for Pi 4's GPU.  


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  • (Score: 3, Touché) by Opportunist on Wednesday August 03, @01:05PM (4 children)

    by Opportunist (5545) on Wednesday August 03, @01:05PM (#1264767)

    Wake me when they become available for purchase. With or without whatever feature this may be.

    I frankly stopped reading at the headline. Why would I care about a feature of a product I can't buy now or in the foreseeable future?

    • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Rich on Wednesday August 03, @01:45PM

      by Rich (945) on Wednesday August 03, @01:45PM (#1264771) Journal

      While the big distributors are drained empty, German ebay is full of Raspi 4s, although mostly not at prices expected from Raspis. A 400 with QWERTZ is on offer for a very fair 82 EUR, including shipping, but expect twice the price for an 8GB Raspi 4. The Zeroes are another story, though, worth of their name: Zero new-in-box offers for most models.

    • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Wednesday August 03, @02:46PM (1 child)

      by Freeman (732) on Wednesday August 03, @02:46PM (#1264780) Journal

      Currently, you can get a RaspberryPi 400 for $70 from https://www.canakit.com/raspberry-pi-400.html [canakit.com]

      The unfortunate thing is it's built-in to a keyboard. The interesting thing is, it's actually faster than a stock Raspberry Pi 4.

      Pi 400 "Broadcom 64-bit quad-core ARMv8 CPU @ 1.80 GHz"

      Pi 4 "1.5GHz 64-bit quad-core ARMv8 CPU"

      Though, you can likely overclock your own Pi4 and get similar performance.

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      Joshua 1:9 "Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee"
      • (Score: 3, Interesting) by takyon on Wednesday August 03, @03:37PM

        by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Wednesday August 03, @03:37PM (#1264783) Journal

        1.8 GHz is now the standard for new boards with the latest RPi OS, although the heatsink in the Pi 400 is going to better than most other cases.

        https://www.raspberrypi.com/news/bullseye-bonus-1-8ghz-raspberry-pi-4/ [raspberrypi.com]

        Users with recent Raspberry Pi 4 devices will find that their default turbo-mode clock has increased from 1.5GHz to the 1.8GHz used on Raspberry Pi 400. “Recent” in this case means any 8GB Raspberry Pi 4, or a 2GB or 4GB board with the extra components circled in the image below. This is the dedicated switch-mode power supply (“switcher”) for the SoC core voltage rail, and was introduced when we shuffled the allocation of switchers to rails to support 8GB.

        Through extensive testing on the production line, we have qualified an operating voltage for 1.8GHz, and satisfied ourselves that the new switcher is able to supply enough current to run even the heaviest workloads at that speed.

        Overclocking to 2.0-2.1 GHz with passive cooling is trivial now.

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    • (Score: 2) by Snospar on Wednesday August 03, @07:52PM

      by Snospar (5366) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday August 03, @07:52PM (#1264830)

      Surely it's nice to hear that an important feature is available for all those people who already own a Pi4? You can't blame those developers for Global supply chain mismanagement.

  • (Score: 3, Touché) by Snotnose on Wednesday August 03, @01:31PM (1 child)

    by Snotnose (1623) on Wednesday August 03, @01:31PM (#1264770)

    1) A Pi 5
    2) Available for $45, not the $100+ everybody is asking.

    Other than that it does what I need it to do.

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    • (Score: 2) by Freeman on Wednesday August 03, @03:11PM

      by Freeman (732) on Wednesday August 03, @03:11PM (#1264781) Journal

      The RaspberryPi 400 (Pi4 in a keyboard) is much easier to get your hands on at or near original price. Now, in the event that you hate the form factor, you're still kind of stuck, but it's an option that doesn't pay scalpers.

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      Joshua 1:9 "Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee"
  • (Score: 2) by progo on Wednesday August 03, @04:21PM (2 children)

    by progo (6356) on Wednesday August 03, @04:21PM (#1264789) Homepage

    Please don't post clickbait headlines. Rewrite it to say what idea or thing the story is actually about.

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