- Dec 25, 2005
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I was not aware or intended that I insulted anything,what do you talking about? Or are you somehow releated to Imagination?I know I'm "too close" to be considered a remotely impartial observer, but I *really* don't understand these comments. Are you moaning about the lack of public documentation about the PVR architectures? If so I can assure you our customers get them. And again, vested interest, but my own personal development stuff have hit a *lot* more problems on other vendor's driver stacks than PVRs. Even nvidia, who people seem to think is the "Gold Standard" of opengl.
At the end of the day, our customers are *not* individual devs. There's no real difference for pretty much any other vendor in the same mobile space (unfortunately, though I *hope* if one vendor starts releasing more public docs/code and making it a "selling point" everyone else will jump on board). It just feels like PVR get a *lot* more abuse for the "same" things everyone else in that market is doing in exactly the same way.
It gets extremely frustrating being constantly insulted for something we can't see in ourselves. Perhaps we're completely blind. I'm sure you know better.
Plus, apple used their own driver stack. Always have.
I'm an simple "End customer" and I followed the entire Pandora/Pyra development since 2008. Which was an Odyssey in general actualy. It had alot of obstacles and of of curse the graphics part of the OMAP SoC was only a very small bit. But I remember it also took long until the OMAP did what the Pandora Devs wanted to, including usage of the full 2D/3D potential (even worse was the power saving part which also needed a while to work). It was mainly because of TI afaik so blaming PowerVR may not be adequate. But compared to how easy it is to develop for PC (graphics) I see alot of possible improvements in the mobile section. Apple must had a reason to use their own drivers, which needs full Chip documentary afaik to even make your own drivers. I'm not sure if small companies like OpenPandora have that luxury. So they have to use whatever they get.
I hope in the future, the overall dev support of mobile SoC's will get better, especialy for small Companies that don't buy Millions of chips but still want to use fancy mobile SoC's