Sage supporting Intel Xeon processor D SoC with coreboot-based BSP and optimized FSP

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    Sage Electronic Engineering, www.se-eng.com, is supporting the Intel® Xeon processor D released today and the Intel® Firmware Support Package (Intel® FSP) with coreboot® open source-based boot solutions.

    “Customized SageBIOS™ solutions for the Intel Xeon processor D SoC (System on Chip) feature a fast-boot option based on optimizations to the Intel FSP,” said Drew Jensen, chief marketing officer at Sage.  “At present we are already engaged with a number of customers to enable their early pre-production designs based on the Intel Xeon Processor D.”

    The Intel FSP allows open source developers to initialize Intel processors through an abstraction layer created by the software, distributed only as a binary image to protect Intel’s proprietary architecture. Sage has source license to Intel FSP source code and develops SageBIOS Board Support Packages to include optimized Intel FSP code and commercial implementation of the open source coreboot project.

    The Xeon D, formerly known as Broadwell DE, features four- and eight-core SoCs (Solution on Chips) based on the 14nm Intel technology. The combination of processing power and low-power requirements created by the SoC architecture make it a natural for high-density data center use, as well as multi-purposed edge-of-the-network processing.

    Customers turn to Sage for firmware solutions, ensuring affordability for their custom boards as well as reduction in source code, said Scott Hoot, chief executive officer at Sage. He said commercially supported open source solutions will bring the best values to early adopters of the technology, as well as ensuring those solutions will be flexible and viable in the future.

    Sage has seen “tremendous interest” for the Xeon D with a SageBIOS solution in military, defense and aerospace markets, Jensen said. “A high performance and secure solution is a must-have in these markets, and SageBIOS offers the additional advantages of a small footprint and open source solution, which makes it easier and more cost effective for certifications such as DO-178B.”