[coreboot] gigabyte dual bios programming

Peter Stuge peter at stuge.se
Thu Jul 15 16:29:16 CEST 2010

Andriy Gapon wrote:
> > Maybe you already know this, but I would not expect the superio to be
> > involved very much in the dualbios mechanism - at most an IO pin
> > would be used for the handshake with the patented timer.
> Still I would like to get the spec.

Yes, fair enough. :)

> It may also depend on a particular motherboard, chip, etc.  Perhaps
> the "patented timer" is implemented in Super I/O.

I doubt this since Gigabyte owns the patent for the dual bios
invention, and ITE is unrelated to Gigabyte. The dual bios invention
might *use* a timer within the superio though - that's possible.

> At least, we see that some undocumented Super I/O register(s) are
> used to switch between the flash chips and some other related
> things.

IO pins and timer on the superio could certainly be used.


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