AMD’s Van Gogh APU Gets New Audio Tech

AMD’s mysterious ‘Van Gogh’ APU promises to offer several significant improvements over its predecessors, with an RDNA 2-based graphics core and DDR5/LPDDR5 being perhaps the most important advances. Now it appears the new APU will also have a new audio processing block. 

AMD has posted 12 patches for its Advanced Linux Sound Architecture (ALSA) driver that enable its upcoming Van Gogh APU, reports Phoronix. The patches reveal that Van Gogh is set to feature AMD’s new audio co-processor — ACP 5.x — with two I2S interfaces/controllers. As there are no prior mentions of AMD’s ACP 5.x blocks that we could find, it looks like the Van Gogh APU will be the company’s first platform to support the new audio technology (at least on Linux). 

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