Craig C Forney wrote:
Looking for advice and counsel regarding LinuxBIOS
support for I/O hub
For our next generation, we would like to use a better supported and
more integrated I/O hub than the 8111 (USB 2.0 doesn't work on the 8111,
to start with). The nVidia nForce 3-2506B and the VIA K8T800 Pro seem
to have a lot of potential, but I'm concerned about support for these
from the manufacturers as far as LinuxBIOS is concerned. We don't mind
helping with debug on any new code required, but we don't want to even
start unless we have some confidence that there will be some level of
support and effort behind our choice (and that we are not alone).
Are there any opinions out there about these (or other) candidates
related to LinuxBIOS?
I doubt that you'll get any support from nVidia unless they can make a
ton of $$ off your project.
VIA will get you hardware specs once you make it into their trusted
circle or unless they can make a ton of $$ off your project, which puts
you into their trusted circle.
AMD is great with specs but they only offer their chipsets as a
reference and have no long term plans to support them.
Checkout ALI or consider rolling your own with a Xilinx or Altera FPGA.
USB from an FPGA is usually the only big catch. A PCI 2.0 4-port host is
under $5 but adds to the real estate. PLX also has a HyperTransport to
PCI-X bridge. There are a few more things on the horizon but still under