Phoenix Technologies Launches EDK II Compatible UEFI BIOS: Phoenix SecureCore Technology 3.0
MILPITAS, CA, Nov 28, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) --
Phoenix Technologies Ltd., the global leader in UEFI firmware
technology, products and tools, announced today the release of its
flagship UEFI BIOS product, Phoenix SecureCore Technology 3.0. The
third generation of Phoenix SecureCore Technology UEFI BIOS features
cross-device, cross-codebase compatibility with native EDK II and EDK
1117 support for both x86 and ARM based systems, saving customization
and maintenance efforts while reducing time to market for PC and
mobile device builders.
"We have redefined Phoenix SecureCore Technology to maximize BIOS
reusability and portability," said Steve Chan, Phoenix's Chief
Technical Officer. "Phoenix SecureCore Technology 3.0 inherits its
popular clean code tree with fully modularized design from previous
generations; in addition, we re-architected the core for a universal
build system which will help firmware developers in transitioning to
EDK II, the next generation foundation for the latest UEFI and PI
Seamless Transition to EDK II
Starting with the Intel Z2760 Atom
processor (codenamed Clover Trail), EDK II is the new standard for
UEFI firmware development on Intel based platforms. The core of
Phoenix SecureCore Technology 3 is based on native EDK II foundation
support as well as extending the driver package inherited from
EDK1117. With SecureCore Technology 3, Phoenix has created a genuine
dual-build system UEFI BIOS that fulfills the needs of all
Ultimately, a full transition to EDK II is necessary, and
prioritizing engineering efficiency during the transition period
remains vital. In 2013, support for platforms with EDK 1117 based
drivers and OEM Identity Library (OIL) assets must continue alongside
development of native EDK II based platforms. Doing so without any
significant increase of BIOS engineering resources is a critical
challenge. Phoenix's answer to this challenge is SecureCore
Technology 3.0, a hybrid solution built with an EDK II core and EDK
1117 backward compatibility.
"Phoenix SecureCore Technology 3.0 enters the market at a time when
it's needed most, a time of booming platforms and diversified
devices," said David Everett, Senior VP of Field Operations at
Phoenix Technologies. "Multi-platform and multi-OS firmware
development with the same engineering resource has proved to be a
real challenge for our OEM/ODM partners. With the universal build
system of Phoenix SecureCore Technology 3.0 and our experienced
customer engineering teams, we can help our clients transition to the
new UEFI specification efficiently."
Windows 8 Touch Support Ready
With Windows 8 comes a new category of
touch-enabled hardware. Bringing together the best of the PC and the
tablet, new designs are available for touch-enabled desktops, AIO
PCs, Ultrabooks, and embedded systems.
Phoenix SecureCore Technology 3.0 is optimized for touch-enabled
devices. The new Windows 8 style GUI BIOS Setup not only provides a
seamless user experience that bridges Windows 8 and Phoenix BIOS, it
also comes with a customizable GUI core engine, Phoenix Desktop
Manager (PDM). PDM is a graphic framework for the BIOS menu in Visual
Forms Representation (VFR) that is ideal for OEM branding.
"Available with a full feature set designed for touch-enabled
devices, such as programmable touch hot zone and BitLocker unlock by
virtual keyboard, Phoenix SecureCore Technology 3.0 offers OEM/ODM
partners the best UEFI firmware solution to accelerate product
launches and produce differentiated products," said Terry Chen,
Phoenix VP of Development Engineering.
Phoenix will host a series of launch events and training sessions for
Phoenix SecureCore Technology 3.0 starting Tuesday, November 27, 2012
in Taipei, Taiwan. Contact Phoenix's regional offices for more
information about Phoenix SecureCore Technology 3.0.
About Phoenix Technologies Ltd.
Founded in 1979, Phoenix was the
first company dedicated to the development of PC BIOS firmware.
Phoenix, with its rich domain expertise and IP library in firmware
architecture and BIOS technology, enables the PC industry's top
system builders to differentiate their products, reduce
time-to-market, and increase customer value. The company's flagship
UEFI firmware product, Phoenix SecureCore Technology(TM), is
revolutionizing the PC user experience by delivering unprecedented
performance, security, reliability, connectivity and ease-of-use.
Phoenix is a privately held company headquartered in Silicon Valley
in Milpitas, California. For more information, visit
Phoenix, Phoenix Technologies, Phoenix SecureCore Technology and the
Phoenix Technologies logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks
of Phoenix Technologies Ltd. All other marks are the marks of their
SOURCE: Phoenix Technologies
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