Acer's CXI2 Chromebox Now Has Upstream Coreboot Support
Written by Michael Larabel in Coreboot on 16 June 2016 at 08:30 AM EDT. 4 Comments
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Acer's CXI2 Chromebox line-up is now supported by mainline Coreboot.

The CXI2 has been using Coreboot similar to other Chromebook/Chromebox devices, but wasn't supported by mainline Coreboot. That changed yesterday with the code now working its way into mainline Git.

Via this commit is the 2,000+ lines of code for supporting the CXI2 (codenamed "Rikku") via Coreboot. Of course, it's not Libreboot friendly with requiring binary blobs for the VGA BIOS, firmware descriptor, Intel ME, MRC, and external reference code.

The CXI2 devices tend to be a popular range of Chromeboxes with selling quite well on Amazon with their lowest-end model having 2GB of RAM while costing just $149 with keyboard and mouse included. That lowest-end model makes use of a Intel Celeron 3205U while the $405 Chromebox CXI2-i38GKM has a Core i3 5005U and 8GB of RAM.

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