Tuesday, October 30th 2012

Phoenix Technologies UEFI Enables Security and an IDE for ARM-Powered Server Systems

Phoenix Technologies Ltd., the global leader in UEFI firmware technology, products and tools, is announcing UEFI BIOS support for server systems based upon the ARMv8 64-bit architecture. ARM Techcon is being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California, from October 29-November 1, 2012.

The Phoenix SecureCore UEFI provides a superior, proven solution for server systems, delivering an enhanced build environment that is independent from operating systems, flexible in compiler and assembler tools and capable of supporting modules and module packages. The benefits of SecureCore firmware include critical boot-level security, protecting the OS and entire system; rich networking and manageability; source code modularization and reusability; and significant build performance improvement. Phoenix began developing BIOS for server appliances and computing platforms in 1980, focusing on the need for reliability, performance, power management and security.

"We are excited about X-Gene, a 64-bit ARM Server on a Chip platform from AppliedMicro and look forward to supporting other ARM-based server products," said Steve Chan, Phoenix CTO. "We have deep and broad experience throughout the industry with more than 100 million installations. We have a long history of developing reference UEFI firmware for mainstream platforms in both server and client markets."

As the industry is moving away from non-standard, open source solutions, such as U-Boot for security reasons, and increasingly adopting UEFI in order to take advantage of the overall product sophistication, including increased security protocols, source code modularization and reusability and smaller code size enabling increased battery life critical to power sensitive products. While known primarily as a platform for handheld products, with the introduction of the ARMv8 architecture, OEMs are embracing ARM-based products to power microservers. The Phoenix SecureCore firmware, together with award-winning support and tools, is a proven product supporting all compute products from servers to desktops and laptops to handheld portables.
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