Elkhart Lake processors integrate the Intel Programmable Services Engine (Intel PSE) offload engine for IoT workloads powered by an Arm Cortex-M7 microcontroller that handles real-time IO control using GPIO, I2C, and/or UART interfaces, and supports functions such as remote, out-of-band device management, network proxy, embedded controller, and sensor hub.
Until now the firmware was only provided as a closed-source binary, and Coreboot developers published an open letter to open the source code for the PSE firmware last December, and it’s been successful with Intel releasing the Intel PSE SDK based on Zephyr OS.
The SDK combines open-source components (code samples, services, etc…) released under a permissive Apache 2.0 license (“License A”), and closed-source libraries and tools released under an Intel license (“License B”) allowing the redistribution and use in binary form, without modification. You’ll find everything on Github including documentation explaining how to get started with the Zephyr SDK, the installation script, and build samples. Intel also explains how to stitch a signed PSE firmware into an Integrated Firmware Image that can then be flashed to the SPI NOR flash on the board through a DediProg SF600 Plus programmer.
While the Intel PSE SDK is not entirely open-source, this may still help with integration into open-source bootloaders, alleviated some of the security/privacy concerns, and possibly enable some new use cases for the Intel Programmable Services Engine.
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