Intel has updated their UEFI firmware for the Minnowboard, and has updated Intel Firmware Engine for Windows.
Asset Intertech has a blog series on debugging Minnowboard firmware using their debugger product. Even if you can’t afford their product, you can still learn about debugging UEFI firmware from this post. 🙂
The Minnowboard Chronicles – Episode 3
As I continue the journey to learn about the internals of UEFI and to debug it with SourcePoint, I encounter some issues doing the firmware build. Last week, I played around with the UEFI shell, and then updated the firmware on my Minnowboard to the latest release (v0.94). Then, I used SourcePoint to look at disassembled code when the platform was sitting in the UEFI shell, waiting for keyboard input. From last time, we can see a number of “INT 3” instructions, with opcode CC. […]
It sounds like this new Minnowboard Turbot Quad Core from ADI will be out in December for around $190.
“ADI Engineering announced an upcoming Quad Core varient of the MinnowBoard Turbot that will used the E3845 SoC. Compatible with the existing MAX and Turbots this brings a new level of performance to the SoC for those computationally expensive tasks.”
For more info, click on the G+ link in the above tweet, WordPress appears to discard G+-based URLs today.
From the Netgate pre-order page:
Improvements over MinnowBoard Turbot Dual Core
* Twice the core count. Higher clock speed.
* Over 2.5 times FASTER than the MinnowBoard Tubot dual core.
* Better Ethernet! This board has Intel i211 vs Realtek NIC.
* Fansink keeps it cool! Suitable for higher temp applications.
Nothing here yet AFAICT: http://minnowboard.org/
Intel has released UEFI updates for the MinnowBoard Max, MinnowBoard Turbot, and Braswell boards:
Intel® Firmware Engine Release 2.0.0
Program installer for Microsoft* Windows 7/8/8.1/10.
Includes program and MinnowBoard Max and MinnowBoard Turbot platform support.
Intel: please port Firmware Engine to Linux (and FreeBSD, which also has UEFI support), the current Windows-only release only helps Windows subset of your target firmware vendor ecosystem. Thanks!
It appears that the Minnows may be spared from the recent news of Atom’s demise, see the below comments from Intel on the subject: