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IMPORTANT: This is work in progress. Its purpose is to organize code review and track improvements as they are pushed to our repository. Some of the stuff mentioned below may not get included or even be removed later again.

TODO list for this release

  • programmers
    • board enable CLI fix
  • chips
  • chipsets
  • boards
  • platform/arch/os
  • ui
  • infrastructure
  • misc
    • tested stuff

With the addition of some Macronix mask ROMs and support for accessing EEPROMs attached to Intel 82580 NICs, this is the first flashrom release supporting memory devices that are not based on NOR flash.

New major user-visible features

  • Better support for AMD chipsets in general (speed selection, more conservative defaults etc.).
  • Add new programmer support:
    • AMD Yangtze's SPI controller (found in Kabini and Tamesh) as well as the one in Bolton FCHs (A78, A88X, A77E).
    • Intel Silvermont chipsets (Bay Trail, Rangeley and Avoton) and Wildcat Point (for Broadwell).
    • ITE IT8212F parallel programmer as it8212 (found on PCI SATA RAID controllers).
    • VIA VT6421A LPC programmer as atavia (found on PCI SATA controllers).
    • EEPROMs on Intel network cards based on the 82580 NIC (nicintel_eeprom).
    • Intel 82599 10 GbE NICs boot PROMs (part of nicintel_spi).
    • MSTAR I2C ISP protocol (not compiled on default). Rewrites the firmware of your screen over VGA/DVI(!).
    • Extension of the rayer_spi module to supported various similar devices (Altera ByteBlasterMV, Atmel STK200/300, Wiggler LPT).
  • Switching betweens chips on boards with GIGABYTE's DualBIOS (using the dualbiosindex programmer parameter).
  • Enable fwh_idsel parameter for C-ICH and ICH2/3/4/5 chipsets.
  • Finer-grained display of support status used for flash chip operations, chipsets, mainboards and programmers (new states: configuration-dependent, not applicable).

New chips

  • 29GL series of chip families (EON EN29GL, Gigadevice GD29GL (if they really exist), ISSI (PMC) IS29GL, Macronix MX29GL (+MX68GL1G0F), Spansion S29GL (+S70GL02G), Winbond W29GL)
  • Atmel (now Adesto) AT45DB family + AT45CS1282, as well as AT25DL081 and AT25DL161.
  • Atmel AT49LH004 and AT49LH00B4
  • Eon EN29LV040 and EN29LV040A
  • ESMT F25L32PA
  • Fujitsu MBM29LV160BE/TE
  • Macronix MX23L1654, MX23L3254, MX23L6454, MX23L12854 (the first supported mask ROMs)
  • Macronix MX25L6495F
  • Macronix MX25U12835F
  • Macronix MX29F022(N)B and MX29F022(N)T
  • Sanyo LE25FW106, LE25FW406A and LE25FU406B
  • Spansion S25FL127S, S25FL128P, S25FL129P, S25FL132K and S25FL164K
  • SST25LF020A, SST25WF080, SST25VF512A, SST25VF020 and SST25VF020B
  • ST M50LPW080
  • Winbond W25Q40.V

Infrastructural improvements and fixes

  • Automatic unmapping and rounding of memory maps.
  • Using an internal DMI decoder instead of relying on dmidecode.
  • Addition of getrevision.sh to retrieve various data from SCM systems.
  • Removal of yet another bunch of exit() calls and other code that interferes with the creation of libflashrom.
  • First huge step to refactor Intel Chipset Enables.
  • Various cross-platform improvements (e.g. a more unified operating system and CPU architecture detection).


flashrom 0.9.8 can be downloaded in various ways:

Anonymous checkout from the subversion repository at svn://flashrom.org/flashrom/tags/flashrom-0.9.8

A tarball is available for download at

http://download.flashrom.org/releases/flashrom-0.9.8.tar.bz2 (GPG signature).

Supported hardware

Please see the archived status page for the hardware supported by this release.