Arbor’s BIOS anti-crash technology keeps embedded systems running

January 26, 2017 // By Graham Prophet
Arbor Technology’s BIOS ACT is an anti-crash technology, that the company is incorporating in its board level & single-board computer (SBC) products, aimed at enabling embedded systems to recover BIOS code from a secondary on-board flash and restart in case of a system BIOS failure.

It incorporates BIOS real-time monitoring, automatic recovery, and BIOS & MCU Flash synchronous upgrade. When the BIOS crashes or suffers an update failure, the computer is unable to boot or restart. In these circumstances the BIOS parameters and settings may have been lost. Arbor (headquartered in Taiwan) saw the need for a solution to make BIOS stable and reliable; BIOS ACT is the outcome to resolve the problem.

 

There are two BIOS Flashes on the SBC, one is the System BIOS Flash from the CPU platform; the other one is controlled by a microcontroller (MCU). When the System BIOS Flash is damaged, the MCU External Flash will be recovered to the System BIOS Flash automatically. Thus, it recovers the System BIOS to the normal status. This Design Technology will be applied to Arbor off-the-shelf board products.

 

Arbor, via Arbor France; www.arbor-technology.com