These enhancements, together with a rapidly expanding list of resellers and strategic infrastructure partners are making virtualization far easier and more affordable for customers of all sizes."Server virtualization technology is tracking to be equally as ubiquitous as the system BIOS
(Basic Input/Output System), with embedded hypervisors being an assumed server component in coming years," said Chris Wolf, senior analyst, Burton Group.
Programmed into the on-board flash is the system BIOS
which enables portable applications and system operation via the Compact Flash Module.
"The diagnostic screen said that it was a hard disk failure and indicated that some settings were reset in the system BIOS
. Instead of a disk array, we had three independent disks, which is a pretty scary picture.
In any standard PCI plug-in card, bus initialization cannot be slowed because it is controlled by the system BIOS
. In these cases, SRAM-based FPGA loading latency introduces the very serious risk of card inoperability.
SST's SuperFlash-based, LPC flash memory products are used to store system BIOS
and embedded OS/application software.
This allows designers to fit the system BIOS
and video BIOS firmware in a smaller density memory array than those of typical flash memory devices without the SoftPartition capability.