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MMili1
Beginner
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Getting Started Building a XEON-D Embedded Solution

Hello,

I am getting started with my design and have identified many CRB reference designs. I believe I have a grip on the development process, but I would like some insight from experienced developers.

Generally speaking I am interested in creating a small Xeon-D system will not too many frills- for instance here are the general system specs I am aiming for:

Xeon-D

DDR

eMMC or NVMe

Headless (no video requirement, but what would this mean for debug and board bring-up? Not sure what interfaces I would need to actually "watch" the system come up and log into a Linux console)

NO Audio

1GbE

for now...

Looking for a compact design and low power consumption here, which I why I am looking at the lower end D1500 line so I could avoid an external PCH and save space a power

I believe the things I need to worry about but need clarification on are:

1) CRB reference BIOS- BCV I believe these are bootable right out, but since I have never programmed a BIOS before I have no idea how difficult this will be

2) The CPLD for controlling the rails at powerup. I assume these CPLD designs are relatively simple and won't need modification

3) Coreboot- would this be preferable to a BIOS?

4) UEFI- is this something that you program or is this simply a driver you load. I understand that a UEFI is a specification that defines an interface between an operating system and platform firmware, but how is this implemented? Is this also supplied in a CRB?

5) Primary Signed Image (PSI) & Second Level Bootloader (SLB): are these simply pieces of Coreboot or a BIOS, or are they yet another type of boot loader?

Thanks for some insights!

Regards,

Mark

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JDood
Novice
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Hi Mark,

My company, Ircona, is a design services company specialising in x86 based hardware, BIOS, Coreboot and embedded SW design.

Perhaps you can contact me directly on mailto:john.doody@ircona.com john.doody@ircona.com and I can address your questions.

Regards

John

CarlosAM_INTEL
Moderator
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Hello, mmiliano:

Thank you for contacting Intel Embedded Community.

We suggest you address all your consultations related to software development (such the stated in your previous communication) to the https://software.intel.com/en-us/forum Intel Developer Zone Forum .

We hope that this information may help you.

Best regards,

Carlos_A.

JDood
Novice
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Hi Mark,

Were you able to resolve your queries or do you require any assistance?

Ircona has a track record of assisting our customers to successfully complete their projects on time and ahead of budget.

Drop me an email at mailto:john.doody@ircona.com john.doody@ircona.com andwecan set up a call to discuss further how we can help you

Thanks

John

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