[LinuxBIOS] Support for recent chipset and powerful desktop CPU

Lu, Yinghai yinghai.lu at amd.com
Wed Nov 29 19:04:59 CET 2006

If you select one AM2 + MCP55 MB, It would only take me one or two hours
to get it done.

If so, I'd like to do that for free.





From: linuxbios-bounces+yinghai.lu=amd.com at linuxbios.org
[mailto:linuxbios-bounces+yinghai.lu=amd.com at linuxbios.org] On Behalf Of
Simon Labrecque
Sent: Wednesday, November 22, 2006 4:34 AM
To: linuxbios at linuxbios.org
Subject: [LinuxBIOS] Support for recent chipset and powerful desktop CPU




   We're starting development of a (pretty much high-end)
PVR/MediaCenter which will of course run linux. Now, one of the avenue
we're looking at is using standard x86 hardware (as opposed to custom
built embedded hardware). Since the product will need a lot of
processing power (since if we're using x86 hardware, we'll do most
processing in software), we would like to use a dual-core CPU, something
powerful. But it must also be low  power/low heat, as you can't have a
12" fan running at 8000rpm to cool your CPU in the living now...


   The device should also feel "appliance-like". That means that it must
boot very quickly, at least displaying some nice animated loading screen
within 5 seconds. And that's where LinuxBIOS comes into play.


   Are there any supported board/CPU combo that would fit our needs? For
an AMD board, something with an AM2 socket would be ideal as it's a
recent chipset and will stay longer on the market than say socket 939,
but it's not a requirement per se. We would need standard stuff on the
board: USB, IDE, ideally PCI-E and pci and maybe onboard sound and video
(although that's more optional than anything).


   If no such board/cpu combo is supported by LinuxBIOS currently, we
would be willing to evaluate the possibility of hiring someone to port
LinuxBIOS to the chosen platform. Do you know of any individual/company
that would do such work and an idea of how much such work might cost?


   Thanks a lot.


Simon Labrecque

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