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    SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/9] x86/moorestown: add moorestown platform flags
    On Fri, 26 Jun 2009 18:32:42 +0200 (CEST)
    Thomas Gleixner <> wrote:

    > On Fri, 26 Jun 2009, Ingo Molnar wrote:
    > > [ Although it is beyond me why ABP was done - why wasnt HPET good
    > > enough? HPET can do per CPU clockevents too and it's just as
    > > off-chip (and hence fundamentally slow) as ABP. ]
    > Welcome to the wonderful world of embedded systems. Just have a peek
    > into arch/[arm/powerpc/mips] to see what's coming up to us with full
    > force. I would not be surprised when we see an x86 system sharing the
    > device driver for i2c or whatever with an ARM SoC in the foreseable
    > future.

    Ha, yeah I was just going to say "think embedded". ABP is a much
    simpler spec and programming interface than HPET, and since we were
    designing new custom silicon, it made sense to just do the simple
    thing, rather than butchering an existing spec, then making a partial
    HPET that looks like ABP anyway and forcing any future HPET updates to
    conform to the new standard (very similar reasoning to the ACPI vs SFI
    discussion btw). Hopefully the technologies we've come up with for
    MRST will be flexible enough to be used in future platforms as well;
    we'll see.

    Jesse Barnes, Intel Open Source Technology Center

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