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Intel updates Minnowboard firmware, and Firmware Engine for Windows

Intel has updated their UEFI firmware for the Minnowboard, and has updated Intel Firmware Engine for Windows.

 

 

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Asset Intertech on debugging Minnowboard firmware

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. […]

http://blog.asset-intertech.com/test_data_out/2017/01/sourcepoint-debugging-the-minnowboard-turbot.html

http://blog.asset-intertech.com/test_data_out/2017/01/the-minnowboard-chronicles-episode-2.html

http://blog.asset-intertech.com/test_data_out/2017/01/the-minnowboard-chronicles-episode-3.html

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new Minnowboard variant

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.

http://store.netgate.com/Turbot4.aspx

Nothing here yet AFAICT: http://minnowboard.org/

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Intel UEFI updates for Minnows and Braswell

Intel has released UEFI updates for the MinnowBoard Max, MinnowBoard Turbot, and Braswell boards:

 

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Intel updates Firmware Engine

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.

https://firmware.intel.com/learn/intel-firmware-engine/downloads

<soapbox>
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!
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update on Atom’s demise: Minnow’s swim on

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:

http://lists.elinux.org/pipermail/elinux-minnowboard/Week-of-Mon-20160502/002239.html

 

 

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