[coreboot] Schematics and PCB design for ASMB4 (Was: There are ASMB5's on fleabay right now for $30/ea (firmware storage module required for OpenBMC on the KGPE-D16/KCMA-D8))

Andrew Luke Nesbit ullbeking at andrewnesbit.org
Thu Nov 8 07:06:29 CET 2018

Dear Daniel and Timothy,

I hope you don't mind me coming into the middle of your conversation and
taking this offline.

See below for comments...

On 05/11/2018 21:45, Timothy Pearson wrote:
> On 11/05/2018 03:44 PM, Daniel Gröber wrote:

>> Yeah, sure. I'm just making these to scratch my own itch. Didn't think
>> there'd be enough demand for you guys to bother producing them though?

> We have some internal demand still; not looking high volume at all but
> maybe whip up a few spares while we're at it? :-)

The background to my attempt is as follows.  I had a similar intention,
i.e., to make some to scratch my own itch.  At the time I was starting
work on coreboot and OpenBMC, but unfortunately I fell very ill over New
Year 2017/2018.  After that, during any time that I wasn't at work, I
was looking for a new job.  I finally have found one that has been good.
 It's been only a couple of weeks so far, and we're hoping it stays this

During that time I had to stop work on coreboot and OpenBMC and focus on
my health, family, and (paid!) work.  Now, finally, I am starting to get
freed up enough to resume this project.

Timothy: I was intending on writing to you during that time to ask for
some advice.  I hope still to do so in the near future, and I hope you
won't mind.

Daniel: Please could you add me to your list of "interested people"?  I
am very keen to go in with a community order.

In one of my previous emails I offered to contribute financially to help
offset out-of-pocket costs.  FYI, I am not representing anybody except
myself.  There were no ulterior motives to my offer.  I have no agenda.

I'm able to offer you a few ASMB5-iKVM modules to help you continue your
experiments if this is helpful. (And possibly one ASMB4-iKVM if I can
find a spare.)  Gratis, of course.  And to keep.

I mentioned in that previous message that I wanted to do something
almost exactly the same as what you have produced earlier this year.
Including releasing the designs in a libre-friendly way.  The D16 I had
at the time was insufficient for methodical, analytical experimentation.
 Thank you for all your work in making this happen sooner rather than later.

>From my experience and the messages I received when I was working on
OpenBMC, there are indeed a lot of people who would be interested in
good quality clones of these modules.

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

Kind regards,

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