You may be aware of the fact that we started selling boards on the edc in late 2010. You can see more info at http://edc.intel.com/Platforms/Atom-N450-D410-D510/Development-Board/.
This article is an ongoing post of news, feedback, issues, fixes, and a place to search for contacts and users.
To start here's three questions from a user in Singapore.
1) There is an unused DIMM slot in front of the CPU slot marked 'FLASH', what's the purpose for this slot?
There is an option to add an SSD based card into this slot, but no cards have been developed yet
2) The SST flash beside the 7 sector LED marked 'FWH' is missing. what's the function for this 'FWH'?
For users wishing to develop a boot loader or BIOS for this board, the board can be configured to boot from this flash device, while leaving the original BIOS on the processor card untouched. The layout pads accomodate a socket to allow easy programming and re-programming of the new boot device.
3) Is there a practical guide on porting VxWorks to this platform? I noticed WindRiver has released BSP for moon creek (N450/D510). Is it referring to the same platform?.
WindRiver has an unofficial BSP for this board, (I have an SSD with VxWorks for testing purposes) but it's lacking USB keyboard support and probably some other features. The changes from Moon Creek are minimal, eg extra Ethernet on the devboard, and removal of some connectors including IDE. So that would be a good place to start, or contact Wind River and ask for a copy of their development version.
Feature Request, Auto Power On and Workaround.
TheYocto Project team http://yoctoproject.org/ gave away fifty of the devboard systems in October at The CELF Embedded Linux Conference and one of the developers has a lab setup with the ability to remotely control the AC power to his boards. Unfortunately the devboard does not have an option or jumper to enable the power up of the Atom when power is applied. The following workaround may be of interest to other users.
When you apply AC power, the management controller will automatically come
up. It has a 2 stage boot process. Once the main system is running you will
be presented with a console interface
If you don't already have a copy download the manual from http://download.intel.com/design/intarch/manuals/324421.pdf
Section 6.2.7 Management Header describes the pinout ...
Section 9.1 EC Serial Console Cable explains how to make it.
Section 4.2 describes the required serial port settings
My suggestion is try it from a terminal client to familiarize yourself with the interface ...
The commands to boot: "on cpu"
To shutdown "off cpu"
Acrylic Cases: Sneak Peek
Bill Mar of Specialized Computing firstname.lastname@example.org has developed an acrylic case for the devboard, and several people have seen it at the ICEC roadshows, or at the Intel Developer Forum classes, and asked about buying them. These will be available for purchase directly from Specialized Computing in January.
Questions and Feedback are encouraged and welcomed. In addition to this edc discussion thread you may be interested in following me on twitter @intel_stewart.