6/18/2004 - American Arium, an industry leader in software debug and integration tool development, formally announced support for Intel's new Platform Innovation Framework for the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI). SourcePointTM 7.0, Arium's latest release of its flagship debugger for Intel IA-32 processors, offers native debug support for EFI Framework architecture.
"While computers have evolved dramatically over the last 25 years, BIOS has not," said Jeff Acampora, Arium's vice-president of Sales & Marketing. "Today's BIOS is problematic for a number of reasons. It's written in assembly language, it resides in a relatively small region of the firmware, and it lacks things like decent memory management. The result is that feature development is limited. The EFI Framework offers an alternative to BIOS, overcoming many of the challenges that it presents."
The EFI Framework, written in "C", initializes a target system and provides services to the OS in a phased architecture. The infrastructure of each of three phases is controlled by the framework, while platform-specific features are introduced via modules. With SourcePoint 7.0, developers can initiate source-level debugging during PEI, DXE, and OS Boot, the three phases of EFI. They can set breakpoints, single step, view source code and variables, see the call stack, and have access to all of the other feature-rich functionality of SourcePoint.
"American Arium is playing an important role in evolving the pre-boot environment and bringing the Framework to market. Their in-target probe and SourcePoint's advanced high-level debug features save developers a significant amount of time and effort," said Mike Richmond, manager of platform software in Intel's Software and Solutions Group.
SourcePoint 7.0 runs on the Arium's ECM-50 emulator. The debug solution is currently available. For more information, visit our Web site at www.arium.com.
About American Arium
American Arium, a privately held corporation, is a supplier of hardware and software development tools for Intel IA-32 and IA-64 processors, Intel 64-bit extensions to 32-bit processors, Intel® XScaleTM, AMD64, and ARM processors. American Arium tools are used worldwide to debug software in embedded applications, BIOS, EFI Framework, device drivers, and OS kernels. Additional information can be found at www.arium.com
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