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Intel Firmware Engine at Embedded World

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One of the things we've tried to do with the Intel® Architecture Firmware Resource Center is provide more information on how system firmware works, and hopefully make it easier for customers to develop firmware solutions.

In reality, most customers just need firmware to do one basic job ... boot their system. The value they see in the platform is the ability to run a variety of operating systems, middle-ware and user applications. Firmware is essential to the boot process, but it's now what our customers want to spend most fo their time working on. That's why Intel is using Embedded World to preview Intel® Firmware Engine, a tool to help customers build basic platform firmware.

Intel Firmware Engine enables rapid firmware configuration and customization using a Microsoft* Windows graphical interface, without the need for source modifications. Customers start from a validated Intel reference design, allowing developers to configure firmware features based on their product customizations. This development process accelerates adding & removing firmware features not found in reference platform, adding 3rd party components, and integration of custom boot payloads.

Intel Firmware Engine generates images based on Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) specifications. These images are capable of booting UEFI compatible operating systems such as Microsoft* Windows, Android* and Linux*. This provides more flexibilty than a basic bootloder, providing the same boot flexibility found in off-the-shelf Intel Architecture platforms.

The primary focus for Intel Firmware Engine is Internet of Things (IoT) edge devices, embedded platforms and China Technology Ecosystem (CTE) partners using Intel® Atom and Intel® Quark processors who use Intel reference designs and have minimal firmware requirements. Intel Software will make platform repositories available for open hardware projects at the Intel® Architecture Firmware Resource Center ( Intel Firmware Engine will support the MinnowBoard, MinnowBoard Max and Intel® Galileo Gen2 boards at launch. Developers can also extend functionality using the Intel Firmware Engine Software Development Kit (SDK), which will be available as a beta in Q1 2015.

Hopefully you can stop by Booth 1-328, see our demo, and find out how to become a beta customer for the Intel Firmware Engine SDK. If you can't make it to Germany, check for updates as we prepare for our product launch at IDF15 in Shenzhen.