Broadwell Support Continues Stepping Along In Coreboot
Written by Michael Larabel in Coreboot on 4 January 2015 at 07:58 AM EST. 1 Comment
COREBOOT --
It looks like the launch of some Intel Broadwell low-power Chromebooks could be coming very soon.

Google's Duncan Laurie converted "WTM2" motherboard in Coreboot to having Broadwell SoC support. WTM2 is short for Whitetip Mountain 2 and is Intel's codename for one of their consumer reference board (CRB) designs, which is what's sampled and tested by Intel's partners such as Google.

The WTM2 board support in Coreboot retains support for Haswell while being able to boot with Broadwell too, given the compatibility between the two processors on the same chipsets. The code was pushed in Git on Saturday.

There's already been many other Broadwell signs showing up in Coreboot recently too, which is used by Google Chromebooks for fast-booting, secure initialization of hardware compared to proprietary UEFI/BIOS.

Hopefully next week we'll hear more about new Intel Broadwell designs -- Chromebooks included -- at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
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