6 Replies Latest reply on May 2, 2018 9:51 AM by Carlos_A

    Using Coreboot/UBoot with Intel Xeon D

    rksyeung Green Belt

      We've a board that uses Intel Xeon D.  Currently, we're getting a BIOS for this CPU board from a third party vendor.  Is it possible/easy to replace the BIOS with Coreboot then go to UBOOT?  Is such a thing already done, and we just need to download?  Or are we talking about some rather serious development effort?


      The reason for this question is that with BIOS (or UEFI), we end up having to set up PXE boot, that deals with multiple stages booting, as well as some server (DHCP, Proxy DHCP, TFCP) setup, as well as configuration files + PXELINUX.  With UBOOT, I'm already quite familiar with, and tfts is supported to download bootable image.

        • Re: Using Coreboot/UBoot with Intel Xeon D
          JWheeler Community Member

          There is a coreboot build for Camelback Mountain CRB, which uses Broadwell DE (aka Xeon D).  It uses the Intel FSP for Broadwell DE package.


          At least one version of the FSP binary plus wrapper files is available from an Intel GitHub area.


          You can clone coreboot from the coreboot.org repo, build it, and try it, if you want. 


          As you are no doubt aware, if you already have UEFI working on your board with a commercial BIOS, you might want to ensure you understand any potential tradeoffs or pitfalls before committing to some other solution.

          • Re: Using Coreboot/UBoot with Intel Xeon D
            Carlos_A Brown Belt

            Hello, rksyeung:


            Thank you for contacting Intel Embedded Community.


            In order to give you the information that may help you, could you please give us the part number and all the information of the third-party device related to this thread?


            Waiting for your reply.


            Best regards,


              • Re: Using Coreboot/UBoot with Intel Xeon D
                rksyeung Green Belt

                Sure, Calos.  From my Linux /proc/cpuinfo dump, I get 1 copy of the following -


                processor: 0
                vendor_id: GenuineIntel
                cpu family: 6
                model: 86
                model name: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU D-1527 @ 2.20GHz
                stepping: 3
                microcode: 0x700000d
                cpu MHz: 800.421
                cache size: 6144 KB
                physical id: 0
                siblings: 8
                core id: 0
                cpu cores: 4
                apicid: 0
                initial apicid: 0
                fpu: yes
                fpu_exception: yes
                cpuid level: 20
                wp: yes
                flags: fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx pdpe1gb rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good nopl xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf eagerfpu pni pclmulqdq dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx smx est tm2 ssse3 sdbg fma cx16 xtpr pdcm pcid dca sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic movbe popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx f16c rdrand lahf_lm abm 3dnowprefetch ida arat epb pln pts dtherm intel_pt tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid fsgsbase tsc_adjust bmi1 hle avx2 smep bmi2 erms invpcid rtm cqm rdseed adx smap xsaveopt cqm_llc cqm_occup_llc
              • Re: Using Coreboot/UBoot with Intel Xeon D
                rksyeung Green Belt

                Oh, man, I didn't realize my last post has all the formats messed up completely.  I thought I just did a simple text copy and paste.


                Anyway, the board comes from Congatec B7XD.  Website:



                We're using Camelback Mountain BSP from Intel (Yocto Project reference).  Please let me know what else you may need to know.