Platforms and Drivers¶
Mesa is primarily developed and used on Linux systems. But there’s also support for Windows, other flavors of Unix and other systems such as Haiku. We’re actively developing and maintaining several hardware and software drivers.
The primary API is OpenGL but there’s also support for OpenGL ES, Vulkan, EGL, OpenMAX, OpenCL, VDPAU and VA-API.
Hardware drivers include:
Intel GMA, HD Graphics, Iris. See Intel’s Website
AMD Radeon series. See RadeonFeature
NVIDIA GPUs (GeForce 5 / FX and later). See Nouveau Wiki
Qualcomm Adreno 2xx-6xx. See Freedreno
ARM Mali Utgard. See Lima
ARM Mali Midgard, Bifrost. See Panfrost
Vivante GCxxx. See Etnaviv Wiki
NVIDIA Tegra (K1 and later).
Layered driver include:
D3D12 - driver providing OpenGL on top of Microsoft’s Direct3D 12 API.
SVGA3D - driver for VMware virtual GPU
VirGL - project for accelerated graphics for QEMU guests
Zink - driver providing OpenGL on top of Khronos’ Vulkan API.
Software drivers include:
LLVMpipe - uses LLVM for JIT code generation and is multi-threaded
Softpipe - a reference Gallium driver
Additional driver information:
DRI hardware drivers for the X Window System
Xlib driver for the X Window System and Unix-like operating systems
Deprecated Systems and Drivers¶
In the past there were other drivers for older GPUs and operating systems. These have been removed from the Mesa source tree and distribution. If anyone’s interested though, the code can be found in the Git repo. The list includes:
ATI Mach 64
ATI Rage 128
ATI Radeon 7000 - 9250
Intel i830 - i865
NVIDIA Riva TNT - GeForce 4
Silicon Integrated Systems