Project Status: Completed
FreeBSD Developer: Rafal Jaworowski
Rafal Jaworowski and Semihalf has been awarded a grant to provide FreeBSD with support for the flattened device tree (FDT) technology. This project allows for describing hardware resources of a computer system and their dependencies in a platform-neutral and portable way.
The main consumers of this functionality are embedded systems whose hardware resources assignment cannot be probed or self-discovered. The FDT idea is inherited from Open Firmware IEEE 1275 device-tree notion (part of the regular Open Firmware implementation), and among other deployments is used as a basis for Power.org’s embedded platform reference specification (ePAPR).
You can find out more about the project at http://wiki.freebsd.org/FlattenedDeviceTree.