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Android: NXP i.MX6 on Etnaviv Update

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Robert Foss
July 24, 2017

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More progress is being made in the area of i.MX6, etnaviv and Android.

Since the last post a lot work has gone into upstreaming and stabilizing the etnaviv on Android ecosystem. This has involved Android, kernel and Mesa changes. Many of which are available upstream now. A How-To for getting you up and running on an iMX6 dev board is available here.

Improvements

Modifiers support

Modifiers support has been accepted into Mesa, GBM and gbm_gralloc. Modifiers were mentioned in a previous post.

Etnaviv driver support for Android

Patches enabling the etnaviv Mesa driver being built for Android have now landed upstream.

Stability on Android

A number for small stability issues present while running Android on i.MX6 hardware have now been fixed, and the platform is now relatively stable.

Performance diagnostics

We have a decent understanding that the platform is slow when running the desktop and other apps that have multiple surfaces due to rendering using CPU instead of GPU (Probably not relevant for the blog entry.)

Etnaviv improvements

Etnaviv performance and feature set have both been increased since Mesa v17.1.

EGL support

A number of games using EGL have been successfully run on Android, some minor graphical issues still remain, but overall games run well and fast.

Thanks

This work is built on efforts by a lot people:

This post has been a part of work undertaken by my employer Collabora, and has been funded by Zodiac Inflight Innovations.

 

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  1. AOL Customer Service:
    Mar 15, 2018 at 07:52 AM

    There are minor issues still available but it's doing a fair job. i.MX6 support mechanism is great. Hopefully, they continue to update the performance measures.

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    1. Robert Foss:
      Mar 20, 2018 at 02:49 PM

      Hey,

      Yeah, it's pretty excellent.
      Progress is still being made on the iMX6, and has started on iMX8 too.


      Rob..

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  2. Amazon Customer Support:
    Jul 04, 2018 at 12:15 PM

    Nice post on Android it is informative to the people.

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  3. HP Support Number:
    Oct 18, 2018 at 06:55 AM

    Does anyone try this driver? It would be nice if an ARM board other than the Raspberry Pi had good open drivers.

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  4. Telstra Broadband Contact:
    Nov 22, 2018 at 06:40 AM

    For us, the entire i.MX 8M story began in the blink of an eye before Christmas occasions in late 2017, when we got the primary bit of assessment equipment from NXP. Luckily, the well-disposed people in the Etnaviv people group had just begun chipping away at the open documentation of GC7000 (the new 3D IP obstruct in i.MX 8M), so we could specifically center around the bit side.

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    1. Robert Foss:
      Nov 22, 2018 at 12:11 PM

      The etnaviv people are certainly doing a bang-up job. And the iMX ecosystem is growing because of it.

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  5. Kevin Gomes:
    Feb 19, 2019 at 08:39 AM

    Thank you for the timely and interesting article, you've provided some great insights for an American looking to understand Android...

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  6. Geek Squad:
    Mar 14, 2019 at 12:19 PM

    Stability is one of the big issues in android.

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