[coreboot] [RFC] Netbook Support

bari bari at onelabs.com
Sat Dec 13 01:36:00 CET 2008

coreboot support for netbooks has come back up again.

The VIA vx700 and vx800 chipsets have recently become popular in many 
netbook designs. Most of these netbooks are being produced by Quanta for 
several different OEM's.

VIA has recently released open documentation for the vx700 and vx800 
chipsets at the VIA Download Portal: 

and open documentation for the latest Unichrome graphics controllers:

VIA has also released a binary unichrome driver for ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10

VIA is currently developing coreboot support for the vx800 chipset. 
Release should be along very soon!

openChrome support is also in the works for many new chipsets including 
the vx700 and vx800:

The openChrome developers can also use lots of help.
irc.freenode.net #unichrome

The remaining issue with supporting these and other similar netbooks is 
open firmware support for the Embedded Controller (EC). The most common 
EC's in these netbooks are the KB9110 or KB3886 from ENE Technology. The 
ENE EC's are 8051 based and are used to support keyboard scan, lid 
open/closed, battery charging, power management, etc.

There are also several AMD 690/600 laptops still available that may be 
candidates as well.

Let see what we can do to get this working!

For a list of netbook candidates and progress updates:


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