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* Windows support
= Release announcement =
* Various small fixes
 
* Partial read support
The flashrom developers are happy to announce the release of flashrom 0.9.3.
* Partial erase support
 
* Partial write support
flashrom is a utility for reading, writing, erasing and verifying flash ROM chips.
* Nvidia graphics card (r737, which generations: RIVA, GeForce2/3 and several more; http://www.flashrom.org/trac/flashrom/browser/trunk/gfxnvidia.c#L30) as external flasher
 
* Intel E100/E1000 network cards as external parallel/SPI flasher (Intel e1000, 82541PI: r1151)
flashrom is designed to update BIOS/EFI/coreboot/firmware/optionROM images on mainboards, network/graphics/storage controller cards, and various programmer devices. It can do so without any special boot procedures and from your normal working environment.
* libflashrom so we can use the backend in
 
** payloads
After over nine years of development and constant improvement, we have added support for every BIOS flash ROM technology present on x86 mainboards and every flash ROM chip we ever saw in the wild.
** GUI applications
 
* Artec Group LPC Dongle support
Highlights of flashrom:
* RayeR programmer speedup patch
* Parallel, LPC, FWH and SPI flash interfaces.
* Support for onboard programming and external programmers.
* 225 flash chip families and half a dozen variants of each family.
* Flash chip package agnostic. DIP32, PLCC32, DIP8, SO8/SOIC8, TSOP32, TSOP40, TSOP48 and more have all been verified to work.
* 128 different chipsets, some with multiple flash controllers.
* Special mainboard enabling code for dozens of nonstandard mainboards.
* 19 PCI devices, 3 USB devices and all external serprog-based programmers can be flashed or used for flashing.
* No physical access needed. root access is sufficient for internal and PCI flashers, normal user access is sufficient for USB and serial flashers.
* No bootable floppy disk, bootable CD-ROM or other media needed.
* No keyboard or monitor needed. Simply reflash remotely via SSH.
* No instant reboot needed. Reflash your ROM in a running system, verify it, be happy. The new firmware will be present next time you boot.
* Crossflashing and hotflashing is possible as long as the flash chips are electrically and logically compatible (same protocol). Great for recovery.
* Scriptability. Reflash a whole pool of identical machines at the same time from the command line. It is recommended to check flashrom output and error codes.
* Speed. flashrom is much faster than vendor flash tools.
* Supports Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, DragonFly BSD, Nexenta, Solaris and Mac OS X. Partial support for DOS (no USB/serial flashers) and Windows (no internal/PCI flashers). Please refer to the README for build instructions.
 
Thanks go to everyone who contributed to flashrom over the years.
 
Please note that rewriting your flash chip can be dangerous and flashrom developers make no guarantees whatsoever. That said, many users have successfully replaced proprietary tools such as awdflash, amiflash and afudos with flashrom.
 
flashrom has its own home page at http://www.flashrom.org/
 
New major user-visible features:
* Dozens of newly supported mainboards, chipsets and flash chips.
* Support for Realtek RTL8139 NICs.
* Support for National Semiconductor DP83815/DP83816 and DP83820 NICs.
* Support for Intel Gigabit NIC SPI flashing (does not support Intel NICs with parallel or LPC flash).
* Support for SPI flashing via the Amontec JTAGkey2.
* Support for the RayeR SPIPGM parallel-port based SPI flasher.
* Support for Loongson-2F (MIPS) flashing.
* Security checks for some boards with BMC/IPMI/IMC/other components which can interfere with BIOS flashing.
* Bus Pirate SPI flasher reliability and performance improvements.
* Added a udev rules file to allow using certain USB-based programmers as non-root user.
* Slightly changed command line invocation. Please see the man page for details.
 
Experimental new features:
* Portability groundwork for PowerPC (big endian) and MIPS (big+little endian), but no full support yet.
* Initial OpenBSD support.
* Support for NVIDIA nForce MCP61/MCP65/MCP67/MCP78S/MCP73/MCP79 SPI flashing.
* Support for building flashrom against libpayload.
 
Infrastructural improvements and fixes:
* Lots of cleanups, refactoring, and readability improvements in the code.
* Various bugfixes and workarounds for broken third-party software.
* Various Intel ICH SPI improvements.
* Various timer calibration related improvements.
* Multiple SPI reliability and functional improvements.
* Improved documentation.
 
= Download =
 
flashrom 0.9.3 can be downloaded in various ways:
 
Anonymous checkout from the subversion repository at svn://svn.coreboot.org/flashrom/tags/flashrom-0.9.3
 
A tarball is available for download at
 
http://qa.coreboot.org/releases/flashrom-0.9.3.tar.bz2 [http://qa.coreboot.org/releases/flashrom-0.9.3.tar.bz2.asc GPG signature].

Revision as of 22:56, 31 October 2010

Release announcement

The flashrom developers are happy to announce the release of flashrom 0.9.3.

flashrom is a utility for reading, writing, erasing and verifying flash ROM chips.

flashrom is designed to update BIOS/EFI/coreboot/firmware/optionROM images on mainboards, network/graphics/storage controller cards, and various programmer devices. It can do so without any special boot procedures and from your normal working environment.

After over nine years of development and constant improvement, we have added support for every BIOS flash ROM technology present on x86 mainboards and every flash ROM chip we ever saw in the wild.

Highlights of flashrom:

  • Parallel, LPC, FWH and SPI flash interfaces.
  • Support for onboard programming and external programmers.
  • 225 flash chip families and half a dozen variants of each family.
  • Flash chip package agnostic. DIP32, PLCC32, DIP8, SO8/SOIC8, TSOP32, TSOP40, TSOP48 and more have all been verified to work.
  • 128 different chipsets, some with multiple flash controllers.
  • Special mainboard enabling code for dozens of nonstandard mainboards.
  • 19 PCI devices, 3 USB devices and all external serprog-based programmers can be flashed or used for flashing.
  • No physical access needed. root access is sufficient for internal and PCI flashers, normal user access is sufficient for USB and serial flashers.
  • No bootable floppy disk, bootable CD-ROM or other media needed.
  • No keyboard or monitor needed. Simply reflash remotely via SSH.
  • No instant reboot needed. Reflash your ROM in a running system, verify it, be happy. The new firmware will be present next time you boot.
  • Crossflashing and hotflashing is possible as long as the flash chips are electrically and logically compatible (same protocol). Great for recovery.
  • Scriptability. Reflash a whole pool of identical machines at the same time from the command line. It is recommended to check flashrom output and error codes.
  • Speed. flashrom is much faster than vendor flash tools.
  • Supports Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, DragonFly BSD, Nexenta, Solaris and Mac OS X. Partial support for DOS (no USB/serial flashers) and Windows (no internal/PCI flashers). Please refer to the README for build instructions.

Thanks go to everyone who contributed to flashrom over the years.

Please note that rewriting your flash chip can be dangerous and flashrom developers make no guarantees whatsoever. That said, many users have successfully replaced proprietary tools such as awdflash, amiflash and afudos with flashrom.

flashrom has its own home page at http://www.flashrom.org/

New major user-visible features:

  • Dozens of newly supported mainboards, chipsets and flash chips.
  • Support for Realtek RTL8139 NICs.
  • Support for National Semiconductor DP83815/DP83816 and DP83820 NICs.
  • Support for Intel Gigabit NIC SPI flashing (does not support Intel NICs with parallel or LPC flash).
  • Support for SPI flashing via the Amontec JTAGkey2.
  • Support for the RayeR SPIPGM parallel-port based SPI flasher.
  • Support for Loongson-2F (MIPS) flashing.
  • Security checks for some boards with BMC/IPMI/IMC/other components which can interfere with BIOS flashing.
  • Bus Pirate SPI flasher reliability and performance improvements.
  • Added a udev rules file to allow using certain USB-based programmers as non-root user.
  • Slightly changed command line invocation. Please see the man page for details.

Experimental new features:

  • Portability groundwork for PowerPC (big endian) and MIPS (big+little endian), but no full support yet.
  • Initial OpenBSD support.
  • Support for NVIDIA nForce MCP61/MCP65/MCP67/MCP78S/MCP73/MCP79 SPI flashing.
  • Support for building flashrom against libpayload.

Infrastructural improvements and fixes:

  • Lots of cleanups, refactoring, and readability improvements in the code.
  • Various bugfixes and workarounds for broken third-party software.
  • Various Intel ICH SPI improvements.
  • Various timer calibration related improvements.
  • Multiple SPI reliability and functional improvements.
  • Improved documentation.

Download

flashrom 0.9.3 can be downloaded in various ways:

Anonymous checkout from the subversion repository at svn://svn.coreboot.org/flashrom/tags/flashrom-0.9.3

A tarball is available for download at

http://qa.coreboot.org/releases/flashrom-0.9.3.tar.bz2 GPG signature.