I’ve recently received a lot of questions about when customers can get the Intel® Boot Loader Development Kit (Intel® BLDK). The short answer is first release will be available in mid-July. This first release will support the Intel® Atom™ Processor E6xx Series.
We actually announced this back in April at IDF in Beijing . . . in fact, we had a presentation from the Intel BLDK team that talked about specific availability. You can get this presentation, as well as another technical presentation Intel delivered on Intel BLDK from here:
Search for “boot loader” and you will see two presentations. The course labeled EBM002 contains the schedules (see slide 6).
If you are not feeling motivated to do download the presentation, here is what the presentation says about the schedule . . .
The first release of Intel BLDK will be for the Intel® Atom™ Processor E6xx Series. We have a pre-production release now that we have provided to select customers, but this will be available for public download in mid-July. The next implementation will be for the Intel® Atom™ Processor E6x5C Series. Pre-production releases will be actually starting in September . . . this pushed out a couple weeks from when it was presented at IDF. However the public gold release is still scheduled for October 2011.
Note that both these releases will be publicly available for download at http://www.intel.com/go/bldk.
Beyond that, we have a comprehensive roadmap which can be shared by your Intel sales representatives under non-disclosure. However, I can say, with a couple possible exceptions, Intel’s long-term intent is to provide the Intel BLKD across the Intel Atom Processor roadmap for Embedded.
Hopefully that answers questions about availability of the Intel BLDK. If you need more details, please contact your Intel representative and we will be happy to provide those details.
Until next time!
Boot Loader Product Marketing Manager
Embedded and Communications Group