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BIOS Options, features and utilities

The different Bios code bases do have different options, features and utilities. These are listed below:

PhoenixBIOS Options and features

Advanced ACPI

The Advanced ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) provides ASL (ACPI Source Language) code for power management and device configuration capabilities as defined in the ACPI specification developed by Microsoft, Intel and Toshiba. Advanced ACPI  provides support for all ACPI features enabled by the hardware and the operating system including the features required for Microsoft Windows logo certification.

Advanced USB Boot

The Advanced USB Boot  provides enumeration and configuration of an USB CD-ROM, Zip, and Hard Disk drive during POST that enables the ability to boot to DOS from an USB CD-ROM, Zip, or Hard Disk drive that is connected to a system either directly or through a hub(s). Additionally USB CD-ROM, Zip, or Hard Disk drive support enables the use of an USB CD-ROM, Zip, or Hard Disk drive while in a DOS environment.

USB 2.0 "High-Speed" Boot

USB 2.0 "High-Speed" Boot provides enumeration and configuration of an USB CD-ROM, CD-ROM/RW, DVD, combination CD-ROM/RW - DVD, and Hard Disk drives during POST.  It enables the ability to boot DOS from an USB mass storage device in "high-speed" mode when directly connected to USB 2.0 ROOT hub; when a "high-speed" USB 2.0 device is attached to an USB 2.0 external HUB, this device will be supported in USB 1.1 speed ( 12 Mbit/Sec).  Additionally USB 2.0 "High-Speed" Boot support enables the use of one of the above stated USB devices while in a DOS environment.

IEEE 1394 Boot

IEEE 1394 Boot provides enumeration and configuration of a 1394 DVD, CD-ROM, Zip, and Hard Disk drives during POST that enables the ability to boot DOS or Windows 2000 from a 1394 mass storage device that is connected to a system either directly or through a hub(s).  Additionally 1394 DVD, CD-ROM, Zip, Hard Drive support enables the use of the particular 1394 device while in a DOS or Windows 2000 environment.

UEFI 2.X

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. Phoenix SecureCore and TrustedCore are advanced core systems firmware available today to support UEFI 2.X while also supporting legacy BIOS implementations and drivers.

Phoenix Bios utilities

Phoenix WinPhlash™

Phoenix WinPhlash is a Windows-based application for re-programming Flash memory device that contains a PhoenixBIOS with Flash2000™. The utility works with all Windows operating systems and works in: Advanced and User modes. Advanced Mode is for engineers and provides full access to the DMI strings and all WinPhlash options. User Mode is for PC users who need to save or update their platformware safely without corrupting the code or causing system failures. Phlash16 comes with WinPhlash as well as documentation for support technicians, end users, and developers of platformware.

Phoenix Phlash16™

Phoenix Phlash16 is a DOS-based utility for reprogramming a Flash device that contains Phoenix BIOS with FlashPro functionality. It works with MS-DOS or a compatible operating system. It works in command-line or automated batch mode using a script file.

AwardBIOS Options and features

Award ACPI

The Award ACPI (Advanced Configuration and Power Interface) provides ASL (ACPI Source Language) code for power management and device configuration capabilities as defined in the ACPI specification, developed by Microsoft, Intel and Toshiba. Award ACPI provides support for the minimum features required for Microsoft Windows logo certification.

AwardBIOS USB Floppy Boot

The AwardBIOS USB Floppy Boot provides enumeration and configuration of an USB floppy during POST that enables the ability to boot to DOS from an USB floppy drive that is connected to a system either directly or through a hub(s). Additionally USB floppy support enables the use of an USB floppy drive while in a DOS environment.

UEFI 2.X

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. AwardBIOS is an advanced core system firmware available today to support UEFI 2.X while also supporting legacy BIOS implementations and drivers.

Award Bios utilities

Award Phlash Utility

The Award Phlash Utility  is a series of software capabilities that permits a user (end user or manufacturer), to activate the reprogramming capability of a flash device. The primary Award flash program allows the user to store or recover an existing BIOS, and execute various update functions under DOS. Additional components permit the utility to be adapted to work with different flash devices and platforms. Source code is not available for the Award Flash utility. A program license includes a single set of documentation, as available, with the initial product delivery.

Award CBROM

The Award CBROM is the AwardBIOS ROM combination utility that allows the combining of third-party firmware and other ROM-resident files with the AwardBIOS in a flash memory chip.

Award ModBin Annual Usage

The Award ModBin is a menu driven executable program that allows users to customize the features in the AwardBIOS for IBM compatible personal computers.