Insyde® Software Leverages Wind River® Simulation Technology to Speed Server BIOS Development
InsydeH2O® UEFI BIOS Ready to Boot Before Hardware was Available
Resulting in Cost Savings and Reduced Time to Market for OEMs
INTEL DEVELOPER FORUM – SAN FRANCISCO, CA SEPTEMBER 10, 2013 – Insyde Software, a leading provider of UEFI BIOS, today announced that it has successfully used Wind River Simics full system simulator to accelerate Insyde's BIOS development time, resulting in a more complete BIOS being available very early in the development cycle for its OEM and ODM server customers.
Simics enables the simulation of full systems of all sizes, from large racks of multiple boards, to single computer systems including CPU, memory, devices, buses, etc., allowing Insyde to start development, test and debug for InsydeH2O UEFI BIOS well before the silicon and hardware for that platform are available. Initially, Insyde engineers used the Simics virtual platform of the Intel "Haswell" based server platform, knowing that future Intel servers and SoCs will continue to be supported by Simics.
Through the use of Simics, Insyde engineers had a well developed and tested BIOS ready for initial hardware bring-up, which was then completed in less than 4 hours. Use of Simics dramatically reduced the cost of initial system testing by providing a dedicated virtual platform for each team member.
"Simics gave us a 3 month head start," said Trevor Western, vice president of server engineering at Insyde Software. "This results in real benefits to our server BIOS customers including improved code quality, faster problem resolution, more efficient integration of advanced technology and a reduction in overall time to market."
"The BIOS development results from Insyde demonstrate that the overall lifecycle of complex systems such as advanced IA server and storage designs can realize significant efficiencies and accelerated development," said Michel Genard, vice president of tools and lifecycle solutions at Wind River. "Through the use of Wind River Simics, teams can change their approach to development and take advantage of capabilities that were previously impossible. We look forward to continue working with Insyde on future Intel server and system-on-chip based systems."
Insyde Software at the Intel Developer Forum
IDF attendees are invited to join Poster Chat STTC003 – Wind River Simics Gives Boot Code a Boost – Insyde Software Case Study on Accelerating Firmware Development Pre-Silicon co-presented by Insyde and Wind River on Tuesday, September 10th at 11:30am-1:00pm and 3:00pm – 4:30pm.
For more details and demonstrations of Insyde Software's UEFI firmware and Simics results, please visit the company in Booth #551, September 10-12, 2013 at the Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA.
About Insyde Software
Insyde Software (www.insyde.com) is a leading global provider of BIOS, UEFI-based firmware, Linux & Android software solutions and custom engineering services for companies in the mobile, server, desktop and embedded computing industries. The company is publicly held (GTSM: 6231) and headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan with U.S. headquarters in Westborough, MA. The company’s customers include the world’s leading computer systems designers and manufacturers.
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