Inactive-Withdrawn Standard

IEEE 1275-1994

IEEE Standard for Boot (Initialization Configuration) Firmware: Core Requirements and Practices

Firmware is the read-only-memory (ROM)-based software that controls a computer between the time it is turned on and the time the primary operating system takes control of the machine. Open Firmware provides the following: a mechanism for loading and executing programs (such as operating systems) from disks, tapes, network interfaces, and other devices; an ISA-independent method for identifying devices plugged in to expansion buses and for providing firmware and diagnostics drivers for these devices; an extensible and programmable command language based on the Forth programming language; methods for managing user-configurable options stored in nonvolatile memory; a call back interface allowing other programs to make use of Open Firmware services; and debugging tools for hardware, firmware, firmware drivers, and system software.

Sponsor Committee
C/MSC - Microprocessor Standards Committee
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Status
Inactive-Withdrawn Standard
Board Approval
1994-03-17
History
Withdrawn:
2000-05-01
ANSI Approved:
1994-08-23
Published:
1994-10-28

Working Group Details

Society
IEEE Computer Society
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Sponsor Committee
C/MSC - Microprocessor Standards Committee
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