Intel eASIC N5X, Snapdragon 888 Support Land In Linux 5.12

Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 21 February 2021 at 07:16 AM EST. 1 Comment
There is a lot of new hardware enablement with the ARM platforms and DeviceTree additions for the Linux 5.12 kernel merge window.

The various kernel pull requests from Arnd Bergmann were merged on Saturday night following the nearly week long delay due to the PNW winter weather thwarting the start of the merge window. Some of the ARM/DT highlights for Linux 5.12 include:

- Lightening up the kernel by some 21.4k lines is the dropping of many old/obsolete ARM platforms. Nuked this time around are EFM32, PicoXcell, PRIMA2, Tango, U300, ZX, and ARCH/C6X.

- Support for the Intel eASIC N5X board. The eASIC N5X line-up is Intel's structured ASIC technology that was announced last year.

- Support for the PineTab Early Adopter Tablet within the Allwinner A64 code.

- The NetGear R8000P Nighthawk X6S WiFi router can now run the mainline kernel. This is a higher-end ~$299 USD consumer router.

- Hardkernel ODROID-HC4 development board support.

- Snapdragon 888 SoC support for that new Qualcomm addition that was announced last year. The Qualcomm SDX55 5G modem is also supported by the mainline Linux 5.12 kernel.

- Mainline support for various Qualcomm-powered smartphones like the ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser, One Plus 6 / 6T, BQ Aquaris X5, Sony Kitakami, and others.

- The Purism Librem 5 "Evergreen" smartphone batch should now be working with the mainline NXP i.MX8 code.

- The ASpeed BMC within the Ampere Mount Jade server for Ampere Altra ARM servers is now supported. The ASpeed code also brings up IBM Everest as the IBM for a forthcoming IBM POWER10 server.

- The Zynq ZCU104 reference platform is now supported.

- Allwinner H616 support as a video decoding SoC for OTT and IPTV markets that has a quad-core Cortex-A53 processor with Mali G31 GPU.

- ASpeed AST2600 system identification support.

- Qualcomm SoC identification is now working for much more hardware.

More information those interested within the latest pulls to mainline.
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