[coreboot] Athlon XP discussion
joe at settoplinux.org
Sat Dec 13 04:37:11 CET 2008
On Fri, 12 Dec 2008 21:47:27 -0500, "Corey Osgood" <corey.osgood at gmail.com>
> On Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 9:03 PM, Joseph Smith <joe at settoplinux.org>
>> On Fri, 12 Dec 2008 19:44:49 -0500, "Corey Osgood"
> <corey.osgood at gmail.com
>> > On Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 7:20 PM, Joseph Smith <joe at settoplinux.org>
>> >> 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
>> > a
>> > good option from a manufacturer design standpoint, so I wouldn't
>> > someone to contract a port any time soon. AMD is making the best of
>> > available resources by supporting the K8 and AMD690 chipset, which had
>> > 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),
>> > because of details about whatever made them kick P4 ass back in the
>> > 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
>> > get
>> > that datasheet from Via themselves). I don't know if AMD has any of
>> > K7
>> > chipset docs available online.
>> That's too bad. I have a few of these kicking around and your right,
>> did kick P4 ass back in the day.
>> Hmm, although we spend alot of time with discontinued Intel chips that
>> 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.
You got a point.
>> why not a discontinued AMD chip? I'm sure a few of
>> the AMD developers on board 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
> last one.
Yah me too. But you have to admit that it would be cool to see a Athlon XP
board booting coreboot (gives me tingles just thinking about it) :-)
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