Re: [RFC] Provide a generic interface for getting the SOC ID and version


It's definitely not an option to always build choices in at compile time
for each board, as there could be thousands or even millions of instances
of a particular target board in the IoT space. Being able to parametrize a
single build image into 1:N behaviour at runtime is essential.

Since the compile-time solution would make development and production
untenable, the manufacturer would be faced with two choices: either use a
standard API that can parametrize fixed firmware at runtime, or in the
absence of such an API then use some bespoke parametrization technique
which reduces portability. To have a standard agreed mechanism for this is
clearly better for everyone.

Like Nashif, I too am surprised that this has become a long discussion,
since the need is clear and it hasn't been contested by anyone.

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