Patent Number: 7,765,409

Title: Modular BIOS update mechanism

Abstract: A modular BIOS update mechanism provides a standardized method to update options ROMs and to provide video and processor microcode upgrades in a computer system without requiring a complete replacement of the system BIOS. The MBU mechanism provides several advantages. First, new features and BIOS bugs from earlier release may be delivered to an installed base of end-user systems even if direct OEM support cannot be identified. Also, BIOS components may be provided as a validated set of revisions. With resort to a validation matrix, BIOS updates may be managed easily. The modular BIOS update is particularly useful in systems having several independent BIOS's stored within unitary firmware.

Inventors: Gafken; Andrew H. (Folsom, CA), Wilson; Todd D. (Granite Bay, CA), Dodson; Tom (El Dorado Hills, CA), Lovelace; John V. (Hillsboro, OR)

Assignee: Intel Corporation

International Classification: H04L 9/32 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 7/27/12018