Coreboot Now Has Support For Intel Broadwell Hardware
Written by Michael Larabel in Coreboot on 23 October 2014 at 03:38 PM EDT. 12 Comments
COREBOOT --
It appears that Google engineers are getting ready Intel Broadwell support for future Chromebooks/Chromeboxes. Broadwell support is now present within Coreboot.

Broadwell is the successor to Haswell that's been much talked about in recent months on Phoronix. The Linux support for Broadwell CPUs is all set and has been found within the necessary open-source code-bases for months... We're just waiting for the hardware to become publicly available. The Core M low-power Broadwell parts for ultrabooks and other mini devices should be out before the end of the year while the desktop Broadwell hardware isn't hitting until 2015.

Fortunately, it looks like Chromebooks/Chromeboxes will be quick to ship with Broadwell designs due to the enhanced graphics capabilities and greater power efficiency. Google has published Broadwell support inside Coreboot by Chromium developers.

This week there was Broadwell SoC support added based on the current-generation Haswell support code. There were follow-up commits for updating the CPU microcode and other necessary changes for supporting Coreboot with Broadwell.

In related news, Intel made some Bay Trail improvements inside Coreboot that finally includes S3 support and other additions.
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