Via starts to act more open
Via has released the first documentation on its open source site since the appointment of Harald Welte as open source liaison. The new documentation covers Via's Padlock embedded security, the CX700 single chip media processor and the VX800/820 integrated graphics processor and chipset. The 800 pages of documentation are available for download now at Via's Linux site
Via's Padlock engine provides a random number generator, cryptography engine and RSA computation and is embedded in Via's recent x86 processors such as Eden, C3 and C7. The VX800/820 is a DirectX 9.0 supporting system chipset while the CX700 is a chipset for the mobile market.
Phoronix reports that the documentation is supplied without a Non Disclosure Agreement, but does still carry Via's "Confidential" watermarking on the pages. The release of the documentation is a major improvement on Via's previous downloadable offering; a simple kernel frame-buffer driver.