Open Firmware Home Page (OpenFirmware.ORG)

Open Firmware is the name given to the IEEE-1275 Standard for Boot (Initialization Configuration) Firmware: Core Requirements and Practices.

Firmware is typically stored in read-only memory (ROM) and executed immediately after a computer is turned on. The most familiar version is the standard PC x86 BIOS.

Open Firmware is essentially a specification for a largely machine-independent BIOS based on ANS Forth that is capable of probing and initializing plug-in cards that have on-board IEEE-1275 compliant Fcode in their ROMs.

The Open Firmware Working Group is an ad-hoc organization that promotes Open Firmware by publishing bindings, clarifications, extensions, and working practice documents to the IEEE 1275 standard.

The IEEE-1275 Open Firmware standard was not reaffirmed by the OFWG and has been officially withdrawn by IEEE. Unfortunately, this means it is unavailable from the IEEE.


The pages and information published at this web site are not officially sanctioned or published by the Open Firmware Working Group and are provided as a service of CodeGen, Inc.

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