Unified EFI Forum
|Type||Collaborative trade organization|
|Headquarters||Beaverton, Oregon, USA|
|Key people||Mark Doran, Dong Wei, Michael Rothman, Vincent Zimmer|
The Unified EFI Forum or UEFI Forum (where UEFI stands for Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) is an alliance between several leading technology companies to modernize the booting process. The board of directors includes representatives from eleven "Promoter" companies: AMD, American Megatrends, Apple, Dell, HP, IBM, Insyde Software, Intel, Lenovo, Microsoft, and Phoenix Technologies.
The non-profit corporation has assumed responsibility for the management and promotion of the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) specification, a bootloader and runtime interface between platform firmware and an operating system. The original EFI specification was developed by Intel and was used as the starting point from which the UEFI version(s) were developed. The goal of the organization is to replace the aging PC BIOS.
In addition to the UEFI specification, the forum is responsible for a Platform Initialization (PI) specification, which addresses the firmware internal architecture as well as firmware-to-hardware interfaces. The forum also is responsible for Self-Certification Test suites, which defines conformance to the specifications that it defines.
In October 2013, the Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) assets have also been transferred into the forum. The forum is responsible for the management and promotion of future ACPI specifications, which provides static tables at boot time and dynamic control methods as the primary runtime interfaces between the OS and system firmware for system configuration, power management and RAS (Reliability, Availability and Supportability) features. ACPI "Revision 5.0" is used as the starting point from which future ACPI version(s) will be developed.
- UEFI Specification version 2.4, published July, 2013
- UEFI Shell Specification version 2.0 Errata A, published May, 2012
- UEFI Platform Initialization Specification version 1.3, published July, 2013
- UEFI Platform Initialization Distribution Packaging Specification version 1.0 Errata A, published May, 2011
- UEFI Specification version 2.0, 2.1, 2.2
- UEFI Platform Initialization Specification version 1.0, 1.1
- "ACPI and UEFI forum join forces: here’s why it matters". fixedbyvonnie.com. 2013-11-13. Retrieved 2013-11-17.
- "Advanced Configuration and Power Interface Specification (Revision 5.0)" (PDF). acpi.info. 2011-12-06. Retrieved 2013-11-17.
- Official website
- Fedora UEFI support
- Microsoft Windows UEFI support
- Book - Beyond BIOS
- Book - Harnessing the UEFI Shell
- Book Chapter - UEFI: From Reset Vector to Operating System
- Book - Beyond BIOS, 2nd edition, updated with UEFI2.3 and PI1.2
- Intel Technology Journal, Volume 15, Issue 01 - "UEFI Today: Bootstrapping the Continuum"
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