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Industry-Standard Firmware Takes a Step Forward with New UEFI Forum Specification

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The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface Forum (UEFI) today announced
it has released the UEFI
Specification, Version 2.8
, which reflects many recent and useful
technology changes in the platform firmware including added support for
Representational State Transfer (REST) and memory cryptography. The
upgraded industry standard benefits both the enterprise and consumer
end-user by supporting a more secure system and faster boot times, speed
of innovation, and quicker time-to-market across multiple interfaces.

The new specification adds support for REST. REST is a software
architectural style that defines a set of constraints to be used for
creating Web services. RESTful Web services provide interoperability
between computer systems on the internet.

In Version 2.8, the UEFI standard also includes added support for memory
cryptography. This comes in the form of a UEFI memory map that counts
memory ranges that can be protected using CPU memory cryptographic
capabilities like encryption.

“The added support for both REST and memory cryptography, as well as the
many other upgrades reflected in Version 2.8, will be a big advantage to
anyone who is writing system firmware for embedded system to servers.
These could be original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), independent
hardware vendors (IHVs) and original design manufacturers (ODMs),” said
Mark Doran, president of The UEFI Forum. “The UEFI standards enable
extensibility, modularity, and easy prototyping during development. UEFI
specifications promote more efficient development because they allow
developers to reuse code during the building process. It’s a win for
everyone using it.”

The UEFI specifications define a new model for the interface between PC
operating systems and platform firmware. The interface consists of data
tables that contain platform-related information, plus boot and runtime
service calls that are available to the operating system and its loader.
Together, these provide a standard environment for booting an operating
system and running pre-boot applications.

The UEFI Forum promotes the implementation of UEFI specifications by
BIOS vendors, operating system vendors and add-in card vendors.

Find out more about becoming
a member
of The UEFI Forum.

Find out more about The UEFI Forum’s upcoming

Find out more details about the UEFI
Specification, Version 2.8

About the UEFI Forum

Through a collaborative approach with world-class companies,
institutions and experts, the
UEFI Forum
advances innovation in firmware technology standards.
These extensible, globally-adopted UEFI specifications bring new
functionality and enhanced security to the evolution of devices,
firmware and operating systems. The Forum also collaborates with other
standards groups that are essential to computing. For more information
about the UEFI Forum and current specifications go to