Intel Developer Forum (IDF): Autumn 2009

Day Three

  • Rattner: Machines more intelligent than us by 2050Justin Rattner worryingly believes that machines have the potential to become more intelligent than humans by 2050.
  • MID runs World of Warcraft, 1080p video… poorlyIntel is still banging the MID drum, but it’s not good news when demos are unconvincing and devices are uninspired.
  • Intel says WiMAX to reach a billion by 2012Craig Barrett reckons that WiMAX will reach 50 million by the end of the year and a billion people by 2012.
  • First dual-core Atom slips outIntel has quietly announced the first dual-core Atom processor at IDF. It comes complete with a new motherboard that’s almost the same as the last one.

White Papers and Articles

  • Using Host-based Analysis to Improve Firmware Resiliency (Feb 2019)
  • UEFI Firmware Porting Guide for the Intel Atom processor E3900 Series (Sept 2018)
  • Open Source UEFI Firmware Enabling Guide: Intel Atom Processor E3900 Series Platforms (Aug 2018)
  • A Tour Beyond BIOS: Using IOMMU for DMA Protection in UEFI Firmware (1.07 MB, PDF) (Oct 2017)
  • UEFI PXE Boot Performance Analysis
  • Open platforms and the impact of Security Technologies, Initiatives, and Deployment Practices — Intel and Cisco* White Paper
  • Trusted Platforms: UEFI, PI, and TCG-based Firmware
  • Creating the Intel Firmware Support Package Version 1.1 with the EFI Developer Kit II (April 2015)
  • Using the Intel Firmware Support Package 1.1 with the EFI Developer Kit II (April 2015)

Defining the Interface Between the Operating System and Platform Firmware

The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Specification, previously known as the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) Specification, defines an interface between an operating system and platform firmware. The interface consists of data tables that contain platform-related information, boot service calls, and runtime service calls that are available to the operating system and its loader. These provide a standard environment for booting an operating system and running pre-boot applications.

The UEFI Specification was primarily intended for the next generation of Intel architecture–based computers, and is an outgrowth of the Intel Boot Initiative (IBI) program that began in 1998. Intel’s original version of this specification was publicly named EFI, ending with the EFI 1.10 version.

In 2005, The Unified EFI Forum was formed as an industry-wide organization to promote adoption and continue the development of the EFI Specification. Using the EFI 1.10 Specification as the starting point, this industry group released the follow on specifications, renamed Unified EFI.

Day One

  • Intel announces mobile quad-core processorsDadi Perlmutter announces imminent availability of mobile quad-core processors based on the Penryn architecture.
  • Pat Gelsinger embeds himself in the InternetIntel sees the next evolution of the Internet as one that’s embedded. 15 billion connected devices by 2015, reckons Pat.
  • Intel X18-M 80GB SSD smiles for the cameraYou’ve read all the details on Intel’s upcoming SSDs; now we’ve taken a pre-production X18-M 80GB SSD apart for you.
  • Gelsinger talks Nehalem power managementPat Gelsinger spent quite a bit of his keynote talking about Nehalem’s new power management technology known as Turbo Mode
  • Nehalem derivatives detailedWe’ve got the skinnies on the various Nehalem derivatives that’ll be released over the next six-or-so months.
  • Intel outlines SSD plansIntel has revealed that the first SSDs will be available very soon, with more to follow in the first quarter of 2009.
  • Intel gets political in opening IDF keynoteIntel Chairman Craig Barrett used this morning’s opening keynote to deliver some strong political messages to the western world.

Day Two

  • Intel to make big Visual Computing push with devsWith the announcement of Visual Adrenaline, Intel will offer comprehensive support for game developers.
  • Carmack on multi-threading in id Tech 5John Carmack spoke about multi-threading support in the new id Tech 5 engine during Renee James’ software keynote at IDF.
  • Intel and DreamWorks unveil InTru 3DOne of the coolest things shown off at IDF was the fruit of a partnership between Dreamworks and Intel.
  • Nehalem likely to launch at 3.2GHzAfter playing with many of the Nehalem machines dotted around IDF, it looks like the fastest Intel Core i7 processor at launch will be clocked at 3.2GHz.
  • Moorestown is on track for 2009/2010Anand Chandrasekher said that Moorestown is on track for 2009/2010 and shows off silicon for the first time.
  • Yahoo! announces widget partnership with IntelYahoo! is working with Intel to deliver an Internet experience on Intel’s CE 3100 media processor.
  • Intel launches SoC aimed at Consumer ElectronicsEric Kim announces Intel’s first Consumer Electronics focused system on a chip during his Digital Home keynote.
  • Small form factor Penryn chips announcedIntel announces small form factor Montevina/Penryn chips… looks like we’ll be seeing an updated Macbook Air soon.
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