BIOS Boots to Linux in One Second

“Firmware company General Software announced that it is selling
customized, quick-booting versions of its Linux-compatible BIOS
firmware to the medical device industry. The company says its
‘Embedded BIOS with StrongFrame Technology’ can boot to lilo (Linux
loader) in less than a second.

“Fast boot times are key in the medical device market, where
products compete on ‘time to waveform’ (TTW), General Software
said. Yet, most BIOSes available for x86 chipsets were built for
the desktop market, and thus have not been optimized in this area,
according to Steve Jones, General Software CTO…”