Intel Quark SoC x86 Platform Support For Linux 3.20/4.0?

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel on 20 February 2015 at 09:49 AM EST. 7 Comments
Ingo Molnar has asked Linus Torvalds to pull the x86 platform support for Intel Quark SoC systems for the Linux 3.20/4.0 kernel.

Ingo wrote, "If it's not too late for a v3.20 merge yet I'd like you to pull this tree that adds support for Intel Quark X1000 SoC boards, used in the low power 32-bit x86 Intel Galileo microcontroller board intended for the Arduino space."

The Intel Quark X1000 SoC runs at 400MHz while having a TDP of 2.2 Watts and is intended for new low-power markets like wearable devices. With the next Linux kernel version it could be in pretty good standing with the mainline code, "There's been some preparatory core x86 patches for Quark CPU quirks merged already, but this rounds it all up and adds Kconfig enablement. It's a clean hardware enablement addition tree at this point."

The pull request was sent this morning on the Indiana kernel mailing list.

Those curious about the performance of the Intel X1000 SoC can find the benchmarks via this article.
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