Chapter 7 – Different Types of Platforms

Variety's the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavor.

—William Cowper

This chapter describes different platform types and instantiations of the Platform Initialization (PI), such as embedded system, laptop, smart phone, netbook, tablet, PDA, desktop, and server. In addition to providing a “BIOS replacement” for platforms that are commonly referred to as the Personal Computer, the PI infrastructure can be used to construct a boot and initialization environment for servers, handheld devices, televisions, and so on. These sundry devices may include the more common IA-32 processors in the PC, but also feature the lower-power Intel Atom® processor, or the mainframe-class processors such as the Itanium®-based ...

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