[coreboot] Tester hardware

Ward Vandewege ward at gnu.org
Wed Feb 24 01:04:59 CET 2010

On Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 12:14:30AM +0100, Carl-Daniel Hailfinger wrote:
> On 23.02.2010 21:14, Peter Stuge wrote:
> > Ward Vandewege wrote:
> >   
> >> The automatic testing framework Stepan built a few years ago - I'd
> >> love to get a few boards set up for that. I have some boards lying
> >> around that could be used for that. My main problem is cost:
> >>     
> >
> > You're not alone. I've wanted to create affordable tester hardware
> > for quite some time now. I think it's the only way we'll get more
> > boot testing.
> >
> > [...] I think a small microcontroller and
> > actual flash chips may be the simplest and cheapest way to do it. The
> > microcontroller is for flashing from ALIX, maybe also GPO pins and
> > serial port.
> >   
> Speaking with y flashrom hat on, I'd like to point out that you can use
> the FT2232H Mini Module (~$30) to perform in-system-programming (well,
> as long as the machine is powered of) of SPI flash chips right now and

Oh. That sounds like a much more affordable solution! What kind of hardware
would one use to hook the spi chip to the mini module? Some sort of top hat?

> of LPC/FWH chips in the near future. 

I guess for lpc/fwh (plcc), one of the plcc adapters Peter and Stepan make would


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