RE: hardware random number generator?

From: Mallick, Asit K <>
Date: 2004-03-24 18:23:29
E8870 based McKinley/Madison platforms does have ICH4. It is used to
provide USB, IDE, On board LAN, LPC, SMBus, etc. funtionality. However,
the RNG does not work on current E8870 based platforms. Future platforms
may enable RNG.


>-----Original Message-----
>[] On Behalf Of Matthew Wilcox
>Sent: Monday, March 22, 2004 7:05 PM
>To: Jeff Garzik
>Cc: Matthew Wilcox;
>Subject: Re: hardware random number generator?
>On Mon, Mar 22, 2004 at 09:00:14PM -0500, Jeff Garzik wrote:
>> Matthew Wilcox wrote:
>> >config HW_RANDOM
>> >        tristate "Intel/AMD/VIA HW Random Number Generator support"
>> >        depends on (X86 || IA64) && PCI
>> >        ---help---
>> >          This driver provides kernel-side support for the 
>Random Number
>> >          Generator hardware found on Intel i8xx-based motherboards,
>> >          AMD 76x-based motherboards, and Via Nehemiah CPUs.
>> >
>> >Why IA64 too?  This file contains the code:
>> No idea.  <guessing>  There are some Intel ICH-based motherboards w/ 
>> IA64 chips on them, maybe?  I certainly don't recall adding 
>that IA64 
>> marker... :)
>Heh.  ICH is x86-only, as far as I know.  Intel did the 460GX chipset
>for Merced and now have the E8870 chipset for McKinley/Madison.  Anyone
>familiar with the Intel chipsets want to comment about the presence or
>absence of a RNG?
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>and refuse
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