NVIDIA Tegra X1 Chromebooks Appear Closer, Support Added To Coreboot

Written by Michael Larabel in Coreboot on 30 June 2015 at 07:43 PM EDT. 13 Comments
Google engineers have added support for the Tegra X1 "T210" SoC to Coreboot. Additionally, they've added support for the "Smaug" Chromebook to Coreboot that uses this latest-generation NVIDIA Tegra 64-bit SoC.

Patrick Georgi of Google's Chromium team added the Tegra "T210" a.k.a. Tegra X1 support to Coreboot. All of this new SoC enablement landed a short time ago with this Git commit.

The Tegra X1 hardware enablement was followed by the adding Smaug to Coreboot. Smaug is the codename for a Chrome OS device using the Tegra X1 but unfortunately details beyond that seem scarce.

So far only the Shield Android TV and Shield Portable use the Tegra X1, but damn, I can't wait for a Chromebook using the X1. The Tegra X1 packs in an ARMv8 64-bit Cortex-A57 + Cortex-A53 quad-core package in a big.LITTLE design while boasting NVIDIA Maxwell graphics. I also can't wait for a Tegra X1 development board similar to the Jetson TK1; I was told last month such a board like that might come in H2.
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