Online / 5 & 6 February 2022


Open Source Firmware status on AMD platforms 2022

OSF on AMD 3rd edition

This is the 3rd edition of the "Status of AMD platform in coreboot". The talk will cover the most recent news around the AMD support in open source firmware ecosystem and updates of the topics covered in previous years. We would like to present status of FSF RYF KGPE-D16 platform revival and related upstreaming effort, TrenchBoot progress for AMD platforms and status of recent support in coreboot and oreboot projects. Finally we would like to present Dasharo - open source firmware distribution with long term stable support for older AMD platforms.

The history of AMD cooperation in coreboot projects reaches 2007 where the first contribution appeared for the Geode LX processors. AMD's open-source support continued for many years until now (with some break). This presentation will briefly repeat the history of AMD and open source firmware. Moreover, recent coreboot releases started to enforce certain requirements on the features supported by the silicon code base. Aging platforms kept losing interest and many of them (including fully open ones) starting to cause unjustifiable overhead, because of accumulated technical debt. Most probably it will result in similar situation as with famous 4.11 branch becoming de facto stable branch for some platforms (e.g. FSP1.0 Bay Trail or ASUS KGPE-D16). Nowadays AMD is releasing the newest AGESA with the cooperation of hired coreboot developers, but charter covers modern Ryzen-based processors. We trying to support the AMD platforms by reimplementing the ASUS KGPE-D16 (FSF RYF platform) support in coreboot and keeping the PC Engines platforms in the top of tree. We would like to present Dasharo plan for long term stable and sustainable support for older platforms. If you are interested in open source firmware for most open x86 platforms on the market feel free to tune in and discuss the ideas with us.


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