Re: Intel Core i7 board options.

Geoffroy Van Cutsem

Hi Andrew,


I am not aware of a distributor in Europe. There are a couple of options I’m aware of:


I have never tried to order from Aliexpress but it says on the product page for example that they would ship to Belgium (where I’m located 😊), e.g.:


Regarding your question about validation, the short answer is that in most cases, it’s that we do not validate a particular combination. For some specific features, the obvious is that the underlying processor/platform needs to support it. A prime example of that would be Cache Allocation Technology (aka CAT), not all processor families support this. The one feature that seems to be causing the most trouble across CPU families is the graphics virtualization, i.e. GTV-g (for graphics sharing) and GVT-d (for graphics pass-through).


Now, the fact a combination of board/scenario is not validated today, does not mean we cannot add it. The project does not have unlimited resources but if there is enough interest for one, let’s talk about it!


Do you have a particular combination in mind already? Or more specific requirements you can share?





From: acrn-users@... <acrn-users@...> On Behalf Of Andrew Back
Sent: Thursday, December 17, 2020 11:43 AM
To: acrn-users@...
Subject: Re: [acrn-users] Intel Core i7 board options.


Hi Terry,

Many thanks for the clarification.

Do you happen to know if there is a distributor in Europe for the WL-10 board? I cannot seem to find anywhere to buy this.

Regarding "supported", it's still not clear to me what this means. I appreciate that the level of granularity is scenario rather than feature, but I cannot ascertain whether lack of support for a particular board and scenario means "will not work" or "we have not validated". The distinction is quite important.



On 17/12/2020 02:40, Zou, Terry wrote:

Hi Andrew, thanks very much for your interests of ACRN project. Yes ACRN is growing up very quickly, we enabled several HW platforms in:

Started from Apollo Lake (NUC6CAYH/UP2) and Kaby Lake(NUC7i7BNH) with v1.0/…/6 releases for automotive usage, and enabled Whiskey Lake(WHL-IPC-I7) with v2.0/…/3 for Industrial scenario. Then started latest 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors (codenamed Tiger Lake-UP3).  Actually we are also looking for mature/commercial TGL NUC or UP Xtreme( on market, but no available board and conclusion yet. So welcome any preference/suggestion from you and community : )


So for Industrial usage, Whiskey Lake and Maxtang WL-10 board is still preferred platform. If you do not have available Kaby Lake NUC7i7xxx, you may wait for sometime, when TGL NUC or UP Xtreme ready in market. We will also keep you updated and refresh Supported Hardware in ACRN project page.


For ‘supported’ platform, we did not break-down each feature on HW, but general separated user scenario, e.g., Apollo Lake/Kaby Lake only for SDC scenario, but Whiskey Lake for all scenarios: Safety VM, Logical Partition…


Best Regards



From: acrn-users@... <acrn-users@...> On Behalf Of Andrew Back
Sent: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 6:44 PM
To: acrn-users@...
Subject: [acrn-users] Intel Core i7 board options.


Hi All,

New to ACRN and wondering what the best options currently are for Intel Core i7 hardware? The documentation lists two NUC7i7xxx boards, but these are now a few years old. The v2.3 release notes mention 11th Gen Intel Core processors, but NUC models with these don't appear to be available yet and I am also not sure if going with the very latest hardware would be wise, considering that we want to focus our efforts on the application, and not debugging and ACRN development. Perhaps there are currently available more recent NUC i7 boards, that would be suitable? Also doesn't have to be NUC and could be some other, similar SFF board that is suited to embedded use. E.g. UP Xtreme.

It's also not entirely clear to me what "supported" means in this context. For example, perhaps it is the case that other Intel Core boards may work, but are not officially supported. Similarly with usage scenarios in the Supported Hardware matrix — are these those which have simply been verified with each platform, or perhaps some boards may lack certain features to support a particular scenario?



Andrew Back

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