USA: The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Forum, a world-class, non-profit industry standards body of leading technology companies that promotes firmware innovation by creating specifications to enable the continual evolution of platform technologies, announced the expansion of UEFI technology into a variety of non-traditional industry sectors.
The latest UEFI specifications are designed to support firmware for enhanced security and embedding in mobile devices, as well as applications outside of the PC arena.
By design, UEFI technology lends itself to utility and applicability across a range of platforms and enables cross-functionality between devices, software and systems. Expansion of UEFI technology into sectors outside of the PC space is facilitated by updated specifications, including new versions of UEFI Self-Certification Test (SCT) suites. SCT suites provide the computing industry with a test suite to verify the existence of protocols, as well as input and output parameters.
“The UEFI specification supports a boot loader that is able to launch a wide variety of operating systems,” said Andrew Sloss, senior principal engineer, ARM and UEFI ARM Bindings Sub-Team leader. “This technology has clear advantages for equipment manufacturers, who need cost-effective, standardized solutions to create compelling new products that are compatible with the exponential growth of mobile and non-PC applications.”
ARM recommends UEFI as the preferred boot loader for 64-bit processors, based on the ARMv8 AArch64 architecture. The architecture optimizes applications from smartphones to servers by introducing a new set of features, including a larger register file, enhanced addressing range and cryptography instructions.