Rumor: AMD Won’t Support Coreboot for New Zen Processors
After losing a large chunk of market share to Nvidia in 2015, AMD is set to make a come back with the release of their highly anticipated Zen based CPUs and APUs. Speaking about the company’s plans for 2016 at the CES this week, AMD CEO Dr. Lisa Su emphasized that the recently revealed Polaris and the upcoming Zen products will be “very competitive.”
She also confirmed that the first Zen CPUs from the earliest production will be launched by the end of 2016, with large volumes planned for 2017.
Even though AMD didn’t reveal much technical details about Zen, rumors surrounding the upcoming 14nm CPU microarchitecture have been making rounds for past few months. However, one thing we’re still confused about is whether the next-gen platform will support Coreboot as an optional open-source firmware to replace the proprietary UEFI/BIOS.
AMD announced support for Coreboot on all their future processors and chipsets back in 2011. Since then, the company had been pretty good at offering support, but that is about to change in the near future.
Sources close to AMD have suggested that the company’s next-gen products won’t work with Coreboot as one of its key partners in supporting the free software project Sage Electronic Engineering, has closed up shop. Sage Electronic went bust a few months ago, and in its absense, there’s been a few commits by just two AMD.com email addresses. However, that is not nearly the amount of work done by Sage.
Devices preloaded with Coreboot or one of its derivatives include x86-based Chromebooks, Libreboot X200 and T400 (now rebranded Thinkpad X200 and T400, respectively), OLPC XO from the One Laptop per Child initiative, and ThinCan models DBE61, DBE62 and DBE63.
We’ve contacted AMD but it hasn’t comments on the rumor yet. We’ll let you know as soon as we get official word from the chip maker.