RN 5 01 01 01

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This release includes the Linux graphics drivers for the SGX530 family of chipsets AM43xx, AM335x, AM35xx/37xx, 387x(TI814x)/389x(TI816x).The Graphics SDK contains documentation, demo programs and tools.

Validation information

1. This release has been sanity tested on AM335x EVM & AM43x EVMs only.

Installation and Usage

Please look for detailed installation and usage instructions at below link-

Features in this release

  • NEW - AM43x support - Tested on both Beta EPOS & GP-EVMs.
  • NEW - 3.12 kernel support(3.12.9) - Tested on AM43x & AM335x with kernel tree as mentioned in Pre-requisites section below.
  • NEW - Integration with reset driver framework for both AM43x & AM335x.
  • NEW - Packaged updated rc.pvr, install.sh with MIT license
  • Based on 1.10 RC DDK (1.10@2359475)
  • PowerVR SDK 3.0


Kernel(Linux PSP) versions supported or used for validation

Only the following devices have been tested & details below -

1.Ensure the reset controller driver is enabled in kernel menuconfig if not enabled by default as below-


  • Linaro 4.7.3 hardfp toolchain(arm-linux-gnueabihf-) was used for creating this release package.

What is supported

Khronos API support

  • OpenGL ES 1.1
  • OpenGL ES 2.0
  • EGL
  • Limited 2D acceleration via PVR2D API

Window Systems

The following Window Systems are supported, on Linux:

  • Null Window System

Buffer Swap modes

The following modes of buffer swapping are supported,

  • Front (1 buffer), Flip (chained buffers)

Selection of these modes is done via entries in /etc/powervr.ini. Please refer to http://processors.wiki.ti.com/index.php/SGXDbg#WindowSystem


  • IMG propreitary Bufferclass texture streaming enabled by default.

What is not supported

  • Power Management features are not validated on AM43xx(due to an issue with DSS/frame buffer display not functional on issuing suspend/resume) - This will be validated on recieving the kernel sources with the fix and then appropriately this section will be updated.
  • Kernel (for OMAP35x/AM35x/37xx) configured without DSS2 framework support will not work with the current display class driver.
  • Xorg driver build (SUPPORT_XORG=1) not supported.
  • Debug build is meant for debug/testing purposes only & should not be used for measuring performance.

Debugging SGX driver related issues

For debugging issues with SGX driver and frequently asked questions, please go through

Fixed in this Release

  • SDOCM00106351 - Kernel info message observed on issuing suspend.

Limitations/ Known Issues

  • None


The folders in the installed package contain binaries for several family of devices containing the SGX530 core. Brief description of these folders is below.

Graphics SDK folder contents
Folder Name Description Used by
2 gfx_dbg_es3.x / gfx_rel_es3.x Debug/Release binaries for platforms having SGX core revision 1.2.1 (AM35xx) How to check?
3 gfx_dbg_es5.x / gfx_rel_es5.x Debug/Release binaries for platforms having SGX core revision 1.2.5 (AM37xx) How to check?
4 gfx_dbg_es6.x / gfx_rel_es6.x Debug/Release binaries for 38xx(387x,389x) devices (SGX core revision 1.2.5) 38xx How to check?
4 gfx_dbg_es8.x / gfx_rel_es8.x Debug/Release binaries for 335x devices (SGX core revision 1.2.5) AM335x EVM
4 gfx_dbg_es9.x / gfx_rel_es9.x Debug/Release binaries for 43xx devices (SGX core revision 1.2.5) AM43x EVM
5 GFX_Linux_KM Source for Graphics Kernel Modules Contains kernel dependent code, changes depending on Linux kernel used
6 GFX_Linux_SDK Demos, Training courses, PVR Tools,classes and header files Used for building new applications (Available only in the SDK package, not in the BIN package)
7 include Contains updated header file for GL extensions, specifically the buffer class streaming extension Useful for video texturing applications involving bufferclass driver
8 tools Contains devmem2, and other packages Useful for running/debugging/benchmarking of Graphics SDK