[coreboot] Athlon XP discussion

Corey Osgood corey.osgood at gmail.com
Sat Dec 13 03:47:27 CET 2008

On Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 9:03 PM, Joseph Smith <joe at settoplinux.org> wrote:

> On Fri, 12 Dec 2008 19:44:49 -0500, "Corey Osgood" <corey.osgood at gmail.com
> >
> wrote:
> > On Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 7:20 PM, Joseph Smith <joe at settoplinux.org>
> wrote:
> >
> >>
> >> Just curious, with all the support from AMD, how come no one ever
> > ventured
> >> down the Athlon XP road? Athlon XP setups are very cheap these days,
> >> possibly making development cost effective???
> >
> >
> > The Athlon XP, and most/all chipsets supporting it, are EOL, therefore
> not
> > a
> > good option from a manufacturer design standpoint, so I wouldn't expect
> > someone to contract a port any time soon. AMD is making the best of their
> > available resources by supporting the K8 and AMD690 chipset, which had
> not
> > reached EOL when work started on the port but I think it may have now.
> > Also,
> > the K7 datasheets are not publically available (last I looked), probably
> > because of details about whatever made them kick P4 ass back in the day
> :D
> > The datasheets on Via KT333/400 chipsets are available online, but not
> > from
> > Via, so I'm not sure of their legallity (you would almost certainly not
> > get
> > that datasheet from Via themselves). I don't know if AMD has any of their
> > K7
> > chipset docs available online.
> >
> That's too bad. I have a few of these kicking around and your right, they
> did kick P4 ass back in the day.
> Hmm, although we spend alot of time with discontinued Intel chips that have
> limited to null support,

You mean 440bx, i810, etc? Those have publically available docs for the
processor, north, and southbridge, and SDRAM init is, comparatively,
extremely simple. And i945 is still being used on some embedded boards.

> why not a discontinued AMD chip? I'm sure a few of
> the AMD developers on boards have some knowlage in this area.....

IMO, I'd much rather see them working on the latest K8 chipset then K7
stuff, no offense. I'd much rather put coreboot on my next desktop then my
last one.

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