About the Graphics DDK

This chapter includes:

What you'll find in this guide

The following table may help you find information quickly:

For information about: See:
How the Neutrino Graphics Framework (GF) uses graphics drivers Introduction to Graphics Drivers
Graphics drivers Writing Your Own Driver
Updating existing drivers Updating A Graphics Driver
The entry points your driver provides, and macros and data it uses Graphics Driver API
Other useful functions Libraries
How to debug a graphics driver Debugging a Graphics Driver
Definitions of terms used in this guide Glossary

Note: You must use this DDK with QNX Neutrino 6.4.0 or later.


We assume you have a basic familiarity with graphics cards, concepts, and terminology (e.g. pixels, spans, blitting, alpha-blending, chroma-keying, and raster operations).

You'll also need sufficient hardware documentation for your graphics chip in order to be able to program all the registers. A working knowledge of the C programming language is essential.

Typographical conventions

Throughout this manual, we use certain typographical conventions to distinguish technical terms. In general, the conventions we use conform to those found in IEEE POSIX publications. The following table summarizes our conventions:

Reference Example
Code examples if( stream == NULL )
Command options -lR
Commands make
Environment variables PATH
File and pathnames /dev/null
Function names exit()
Keyboard chords Ctrl-Alt-Delete
Keyboard input something you type
Keyboard keys Enter
Program output login:
Programming constants NULL
Programming data types unsigned short
Programming literals 0xFF, "message string"
Variable names stdin
User-interface components Cancel

We use an arrow (→) in directions for accessing menu items, like this:

You'll find the Other... menu item under Perspective-->Show View.

We use notes, cautions, and warnings to highlight important messages:

Note: Notes point out something important or useful.

Caution: Cautions tell you about commands or procedures that may have unwanted or undesirable side effects.

WARNING: Warnings tell you about commands or procedures that could be dangerous to your files, your hardware, or even yourself.

Note to Windows users

In our documentation, we use a forward slash (/) as a delimiter in all pathnames, including those pointing to Windows files.

We also generally follow POSIX/UNIX filesystem conventions.

Technical support

To obtain technical support for any QNX product, visit the Support area on our website (www.qnx.com). You'll find a wide range of support options, including community forums.

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