"LinuxBIOS for ARM" or "Merging LinuxBIOS with BLOB"

Nicholas Mistry nick-linuxbios at bostonimportcenter.com
Thu Sep 26 01:01:01 CEST 2002

Just for the record, i have worked extensively with blob.  Especially
during the StrongARM port of linux.

The IPAQ 36xx, 37xx, 38xx handhelds are based off the Intel
Assabet/Neponset Development platform.  The assabet is a StrongARM 1110
chip, and the neponset a 1111 chip.

I currently own one of these, and i have to say its a nice setup.  After i
got my IPAQ 3870, i put the Assabet/Neponset hardware asside.

BLOB is a great little bootloader.  It has definitely come a long way in
the past year.  The one thing that i disliked about it was the mechanics
for updating flash.  But i am sure they have worked that out by now.


> Ronald G Minnich wrote:
>>I like the idea of pulling the blob code into linuxbios, then we get a
>>Is there a recommended xscale development card?
> The LART project http://www.lart.tudelft.nl/  is an open hardware
> platform based on the old SA1100. I believe they are working on a new
> SA-1110 and PXA-250 design.
> Aleph One http://www.aleph1.co.uk/armlinux/LART/index.html  may still
> have some LART's in stock.
> For PXA Intel has a dev board
> For Xscale Intel has the IXCDP1100 dev board
> http://developer.intel.com/design/network/products/cpp/ixcdp1100.htm
> For the IXP1200 they have the IXDP1200 platform
> http://developer.intel.com/design/network/products/npfamily/ixdp1200.htm
> For the IXP2400 and IXP2800
> http://developer.intel.com/design/network/products/npfamily/ixdp2x00.htm
> For the IOP321  http://www.intel.com/design/iio/docs/iop321.htm
> the PXA-250 is very popular for handheld and PDA designs, they have
> just  added MMX instructions to the PXA so it will be a hot platform
> for  handheld gaming, Mpeg-4, MP3 devices.  The IXP processors are used
> for  networking applications and the IOP for storage applications.
> The new iPAQ 3900 also makes for a budget 400MHz PXA250 dev platform.
> http://www.handhelds.org has quite a bit of software and How-To's on
> firmware conversions and updates for handhelds.
> Bari
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