The Intel Developer Forum is this week (September 13-15), and we have some exciting training and demonstrations prepared around firmware and boot loaders for Intel® architecture.
Of course, the Embedded group is presenting a course on the Intel® Boot Loader Development Kit (Intel® BLDK) titled Reshaping the Intel® Architecture Firmware Landscape using Intel® Boot Loader Development Kit (Intel® BLDK) for Embedded Designs. Cris Rhodes is a long-time BIOS development manager at Intel, and it is great to have him on the Intel BLDK team and presenting this course. (Elmer Amaya from the Software and Services Group, who was planning to co-present, unfortunately was called away at the last minute and will not be able to co-present.)
There is also a bunch of courses on UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface), which are too numerous to list here. However, one other course of note will be from Pete Dice, who is currently the lead Firmware Architect in our Chipset group (and also former Architect for the Intel BLDK). His course is titled Designing for Next Generation Best-In-Class Platform Responsiveness, and goes into a lot of details on what Intel is doing around boot time improvement, and how to design Intel based systems fast boot time responsiveness.
You are also going to see use of Intel BLDK and other Intel boot loaders for embedded devices all across the IDF event. We will have an Intel BLDK demonstration in the Software Community exhibit area, as well as demos in the Embedded Zone which are utilizing Intel BLDK. There are also a couple lab courses (noted below) that will be using embedded platforms that utilize Intel BLDK based boot loaders. Also, you are going to see Intel architecture boot loader demos from the following exhibitors:
- American Megatrends Inc.
- Inforce Computing
- Intelligraphics Incorporated
- Macraigor Systems, Inc.
- Phoenix Technologies Ltd.
- SBS Science & Technology Co., Ltd.
- Wind River
Finally, you might want to check out the course on Next Generation Intel® Atom™ Processors for Embedded, and find out what we have in store for embedded boot loaders for upcoming platforms.
I’ll be at the event all week, and would love to talk with you about what is happening with embedded firmware to improve the development experience and performance of embedded systems. If you don’t catch me at the classes or in the Embedded Zone exhibit area, I also will be joining Cris for office hours Wednesday from 4:00 – 5:00 PM, and again on Thursday from 10:00 – 11:00 AM, in room 2000 (on the 2nd floor of Moscone). I hope to see you there!
p.s. Here are details on the course and labs I mentioned:
EMBS002: Reshaping the Intel® Architecture Firmware Landscape using Intel® Boot Loader Development Kit (Intel® BLDK) for Embedded Designs, Wednesday 1:05 – 1:55 PM, Room 2001
EFIS004: Designing for Next Generation Best-In-Class Platform Responsiveness, Tuesday 4:25 - 5:15 PM, Room 2009
EMBS001: Designing Embedded Intelligent Devices Powered by the Next Generation Intel® Atom Processor Based Platform, Wednesday 11:20 AM - 12:30 PM, Room 2001
EMBL001: Application Graphic and Video Performance with the Intel® Atom™ Processor E6XX Platform, Tuesday 1:05 – 2:20 PM, and again on Tuesday 3:20 - 4:45 PM, Room 2012
SFTL003: Create a Custom Embedded Linux* OS for Any Embedded Device using the Yocto Project*, Wednesday 1:05 – 2:20 PM, and again Wednesday 3:20 - 4:45 PM, Room 2012
p.s.s. I’ll also be presenting at Embedded Systems Conference in Boston, from Sep. 26-29, so if you don’t catch me at IDF, perhaps I’ll see you at ESC! http://schedule-boston.esc.eetimes.com/session/6130