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AllLinuxDevices: SiS Accomplishes the First-Ever x86 Platform for LinuxBIOS

Oct 12, 2000, 17:23 (6 Talkback[s])

"SiS, a leading core logic and graphics supplier, today announced its integrated-chipset-based platform has reached a remarkable milestone: the first BIOS free, disk-less, single flash device platform in the world by cooperating with two Open Source Software (OSS) projects. A prototype based on the SiS630 family, will be publicly demonstrated at the technical session of the Atlanta Linux Showcase (ALS) from Oct. 10 to 14 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA."

"This new architecture incorporates SiS integrated chipsets with the innovative ideas of the LinuxBIOS Project and the unique feature of the M-Systems DiskOnChip Millennium. The LinuxBIOS Project led by Ronald G. Minnich of Advanced Computing Laboratory (ACL) affiliated to Los Alamos National Lab (LANL) aims at seeking the minimal booting software configuration for Linux applications that can be achieved by using the Linux kernel to handle most chipset initialization. This leads to a faster booting process and fewer flash memory consumption. In contrast to traditional BIOS, the LinuxBIOS takes less than 32KB of flash memory and enables the whole booting process within 8 seconds. These two leading-edge features are considered to be the keys of the future Internet Appliance (IA)."

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