intel cpu development board

18/04/2008 - 05:54 von Pupkov | Report spam
Hi All,
I am sort of an electronics enthusiast, having an extensive experience with
microcontrollers. I used to program them using development boards with
basic hardware on it. Now I am looking for something similar to play with
an Intel CPU (e.g. Pentium 4). Literally, I need a system with basic
components, which could be attached to a PC for programming/manipulation.
Also, I would like to be able to modify the BIOS: essentially I want to feed
the processor with my own code from the moment of power on.
I searched the Intel web site. There is something resembling what I want:
http://www.intel.com/design/intarch...s/875P.htm
The kit even has a schematic diagram! However, still I am not sure if it is
a right thing. The price is more than a thousand $$, I'm afraid to waste
it.
Does anyone have an idea of a product I tried to describe here?
Many thanks,
P.

P. S. If you want, you may answer in German, I can read German (but not
write well :-) ).
 

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#1 Ansgar Strickerschmidt
18/04/2008 - 09:13 | Warnen spam
Am 18.04.2008, 05:54 Uhr, schrieb Pupkov :

Hi All,
I am sort of an electronics enthusiast, having an extensive experience
with
microcontrollers. I used to program them using development boards with
basic hardware on it. Now I am looking for something similar to play
with
an Intel CPU (e.g. Pentium 4). Literally, I need a system with basic
components, which could be attached to a PC for programming/manipulation.
Also, I would like to be able to modify the BIOS: essentially I want to
feed
the processor with my own code from the moment of power on.
I searched the Intel web site. There is something resembling what I
want:
http://www.intel.com/design/intarch...s/875P.htm
The kit even has a schematic diagram! However, still I am not sure if
it is
a right thing. The price is more than a thousand $$, I'm afraid to waste
it.



If you want to experiment in-depth with processors, ports, and various
on-board hardware, such a developer kit is a good starting point. However,
these kits are IMHO targeted at companies who want to evaluate most
possible features and then decide which of them to integrate in an own
design, and which to leave aside.
We have bought a Pentium-M developer board here quite some time ago, and I
own a developer version of the meanwhile pretty old Intel D815EEA (i815,
for Pentium-III).
If you want something neatly documented with schematics, and kind of
desktop-related, there is no better way I know of.

Otherwise, in the Embedded sector, there are lots of companies selling
Intel-based hardware. Kontron, amongst many others, is one of the major
players in that field; maybe you find something adequate there. Possibly
find yourself a PC-104 board, or a ITX board... there is hardly anything
you *can't* buy for money.

Ansgar

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