Brief: New BIOS chips on horizon

Phoenix Technologies Ltd., San Jose, Calif., a manufacturer of computer basic input-out system chips, has enhanced its chips with additional utilities for diagnostics, self-healing hardware monitoring capabilities, security protection, virus protection, emergency network access, remote desktop installations and system recovery. The Core Managed Environment BIOS chip is designed for use in personal computers, servers and wireless and embedded devices.

Computer chipmaker Intel Corp., Santa Clara, Calif., is also developing a new BIOS for its next generation of Itanium 64-bit computers chips. Called Extensible Firmware Interface, this specification decouples boot loading from the disk operating system, or DOS, legacy standard used by today's BIOS chips.

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