AMD Ryzen/Zen Currently Doesn't Support Coreboot Today
Written by Michael Larabel in AMD on 2 March 2017 at 03:00 PM EST. 37 Comments
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Back in 2011 was the glorious announcement that AMD would support Coreboot with its future CPUs. Sadly, a lot has changed at AMD over the past half-decade, and there isn't any Coreboot support to find today for Zen/Ryzen.

It was looking like AMD Zen wouldn't see Coreboot support and that is indeed the case, at least for now, with there being no support for AMD Ryzen processors or the new AMD chipsets within Coreboot. This though doesn't come as too much of a surprise as AMD stopped providing their AGESA code back in 2014 and there's been no recent communication out of AMD regarding Coreboot. The company AMD used to work with on Coreboot, Sage Engineering, is also no longer in business.

That's not to say things couldn't change in the future, but today there is no Ryzen Coreboot support and have confirmed there are no imminent plans, at least from developers in the know.

Perhaps we will see a change of course once low-power Ryzen APUs begin shipping if they will go for a Chromebook/Chromebox play with Google using Coreboot for their devices... But then again, this could also serve as a blocker otherwise.

In somewhat related news, Edward Snowden today called for AMD to open-source their PSP and firmware. On reddit they were also asked about opening up their firmware to which there is nothing on their books today.
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