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From: Pavel Machek <>
To: Chris Packham <>
Cc: "" <>,
	"" <>
Subject: Re: Dealing with custom hardware on x86
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 2021 11:47:23 +0100	[thread overview]
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> I'm about to start a project involving custom hardware using an x86 CPU. 
> Complicating things somewhat we will have a CPU board supplied by a 3rd 
> party vendor using a COM Express type 7 connector which will plug in to 
> the board we're designing (actually 2 different boards each with some 
> modular aspects) .
> Coming from an embedded (mostly ARM) background I'm used to describing 
> the hardware via a devicetree and dealing with plug-in modules by 
> loading devicetree overlays. How do people achieve this kind of thing on 
> x86?
> I gather ACPI is involved somewhere but the knowledge that the BIOS has 
> will go as far as the COM Express header and somehow we'll have to tell 
> the kernel about the various non-probeable (mostly i2c) devices on our 
> board which is kind of where I'm stuck. Any pointers would be greatly 
> appreciated.

In x86 land, we usually use PCI/PCIE and have a add-on board expose
unique IDs with driver knowing what the IDs are. ACPI should not be
involved for add-on boards.

Best regards,

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  reply	other threads:[~2021-11-24 10:47 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 4+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-11-10  3:02 Chris Packham
2021-11-24 10:47 ` Pavel Machek [this message]
2021-11-24 20:22   ` Chris Packham
2021-12-08 21:40     ` Pavel Machek

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