[Arm-netbook] Marvell Armada and Other ARM Open hardware Software News
bari at onelabs.com
Thu Sep 1 01:35:31 BST 2011
Another possible ARM solution for open hardware might be some of the
Marvell Armada's ARM v6/v7:
The OLPC XO-1.75 project received a lot of money and open source support
from Marvell with the Armada 610:
The GPU cores are by Vivante and not PowerVR.
Marvell was interested in open source 3D Linux drivers. I'll check on
their current state.
There is also a new ARM M3 EC (embedded controller) with open firmware
similar to openEC and EC-1.75 that will tie in closely with coreboot:
EC's are used in notebooks, netbooks and tablets to handle power
management, backlight, lid open/closed, misc LED's gpio etc. Until now
the closed BIOS vendors have only supported 8051 EC's. This new 32bit
100MHz ARM device supports SPI as well as LPC buses used mainly in x86
coreboot is also just wrapping up it's GSOC project to support ARM:
coreboot has advantages over u-boot as firmware when a SOC has PCI,
PCIe, SAS, SATA etc.
coreboot can also launch u-boot as a payload.
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