[coreboot] [RFC] Netbook Support

Corey Osgood corey.osgood at gmail.com
Sat Dec 13 02:01:17 CET 2008

On Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 7:57 PM, Corey Osgood <corey.osgood at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Fri, Dec 12, 2008 at 7:36 PM, bari <bari at onelabs.com> wrote:
>> coreboot support for netbooks has come back up again.
>> The VIA vx700 and vx800 chipsets have recently become popular in many
>> netbook designs. Most of these netbooks are being produced by Quanta for
>> several different OEM's.
>> VIA has recently released open documentation for the vx700 and vx800
>> chipsets at the VIA Download Portal:
>> http://linux.via.com.tw/support/downloadFiles.action
>> and open documentation for the latest Unichrome graphics controllers:
>> http://www.x.org/docs/via/
>> VIA has also released a binary unichrome driver for ubuntu 8.04 and 8.10
>> VIA is currently developing coreboot support for the vx800 chipset.
>> Release should be along very soon!
>> openChrome support is also in the works for many new chipsets including
>> the vx700 and vx800:
>> http://www.openchrome.org/
>> The openChrome developers can also use lots of help.
>> irc.freenode.net #unichrome
>> The remaining issue with supporting these and other similar netbooks is
>> open firmware support for the Embedded Controller (EC). The most common EC's
>> in these netbooks are the KB9110 or KB3886 from ENE Technology. The ENE EC's
>> are 8051 based and are used to support keyboard scan, lid open/closed,
>> battery charging, power management, etc.
>> There are also several AMD 690/600 laptops still available that may be
>> candidates as well.
>> Let see what we can do to get this working!
>> For a list of netbook candidates and progress updates:
>> http://www.coreboot.org/Laptop
> Probably the best place to start would be here:
> http://via.com.tw/en/products/notebook/notebook.jsp

Erm, just to clarify before anyone yells at me, I'm not trying to put off
AMD-based laptops, they'd be good candidates too for those that know how to
make the K8 work its magic, I just tend to know more about Via's tech and
nettops then AMD and full-blown laptops. Also, nettops are much cheaper,
which is much more appealing on my budget ;)

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