EFI/UEFI Migration Solution

UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) is part of an industry initiative to define next generation computing platforms and ensure an efficient interface between a device’s operating system and the platform firmware. Desktop and mobile customers needed a safe and gradual transition path to this new standard – a firmware solution that implements full UEFI functionality, and at the same time provides backward compatibility with both Intel's proprietary Framework drivers and legacy BIOS drivers.


Phoenix Technologies provides a compelling technology advantage when it comes to bridging the gap between legacy BIOS and new EFI and UEFI-based systems. Phoenix SecureCore is the most advanced core systems firmware available today to support UEFI 2.0 while also supporting legacy BIOS implementations and drivers. With SecureCore, Phoenix Technologies is providing a safe and efficient bridge for OEMs and ODMs to move from traditional BIOS to UEFI core firmware. SecureCore supports traditional BIOS code developed by customers and at the same time, enables modular UEFI standard drivers and plug-ins, thus providing for long-term ROI.


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Why Phoenix?


Phoenix Technologies provides the best and most easy migration solution to EFI/UEFI 2.0.Phoenix BIOS products provide a bridge from legacy BIOS to UEFI whilst including support for EFI drivers. Phoenix SecureCore was developed keeping customer pain points in mind. Hence the migration solution provided by Phoenix is the best and most easy-to-use UEFI-based solution for all PC BIOS developers. Most importantly, Phoenix SecureCore has retained the powerful feature set of core BIOS products developed and enhanced by the company over two decades of intense R&D.


The Clear Migration Path to EFI/UEFI 2.0


  • Built on the solid foundation of the Phoenix core system firmware code base, SecureCore offers a smooth transition to new technology standards such as UEFI 2.0 and firmware enhancements for x86-based computers, while seamlessly supporting compatibility for EFI implementations and drivers.
  • SecureCore is the only core firmware available that offers a clear migration path to compliance with the UEFI 2.0 specification for OEMs and ODMs who have in-house development teams that are more accustomed to coding in legacy BIOS languages.
  • SecureCore provides a bridge from the old world of traditional BIOS to the new world of UEFI-based modular firmware. It provides a safe and validated transition path to the new standard and does not require developers to transition immediately to a brand new code base that has little or no support for legacy hardware and drivers requiring BIOS.
  • SecureCore offers state-of-the art functionality by fully supporting the next generation Intel vPro and Centrino Pro platforms, AMD’s Torrenza technology, and Microsoft’s Longhorn server with Windows Hardware Error Architecture (WHEA) extensions.

Business Benefits of Migrating to UEFI 2.0


  • Reduced Time to Market - UEFI allows for faster, more advanced function development, improved error checking and provides consistent interfaces for hosting multi-party code. It provides extensible, standard-defined testable interfaces and allows for easier silicon initialization, which in-turn reduces the time spent on silicon validation. All these factors combine to speed the development cycle and reduce time-to-market.
  • Industry Support - UEFI has been adopted by Microsoft (Longhorn server, Windows Vista), Intel and AMD along with major independent hardware vendors (IHVs) for plug-in I/O hardware, and supported by training classes and industry plugfests. In fact, moving forward, Intel will only support EFI and UEFI-compliant drivers. These factors are driving an inevitable shift to UEFI compliance, which means vendors must migrate to UEFI to remain competitive

For additional information on UEFI, please visit www.uefi.org

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