Firmware Acronym Soup

Sep 7, 2017 | Tech Blog

What’s an IBV?

Everyone has their acronyms. In my house, if I ask, “PT?” I would be asking if we are having Pizza Tonight. If you ask that at boot camp, it would be Physical Training.

In the BIOS/BMC firmware development community, there are a bunch. Here’s a list of just a few.

More Common:

  • AMI = AMI
  • BIOS = Basic Input Output System
  • BMC = Baseboard Management Controller
  • BSP = Board Support Package
  • CRB = Customer Reference Board
  • EFI = Extensible Firmware Interface
  • FW = Firmware
  • GPOS = General Purpose Operating System
  • HW = Hardware
  • MCR = Machine Check Registers
  • NVMe = NVM Express
  • OS = Operating System
  • RTOS = Real-Time Operating System
  • SSH = Secure SHell
  • SW = Software
  • TCG = Trusted Computing Group
  • UEFI = Unified Extensible Firmware Interface
  • VM = Virtual Machine
  • VRM = Voltage Regulator Module

More BIOS related:

More BMC related:

  • BT = Block Transfer
  • FRU = Field-Replaceable Unit
  • ICMB = Intelligent Chassis Management Bus Bridge
  • IPMB = Intelligent Platform Management Bus
  • IPMI = Intelligent Platform Management Interface
  • KCS = Keyboard Controller Style
  • KVM = Keyboard Video Mouse
  • LPC = Low Pin Count
  • MC = Mangement Controller
  • MDS = MegaRAC Development Studio
  • NSID = NameSpace ID
  • NVMEoF = NVM Express over Fabrics
  • NVS = Non-Volatile Storage
  • OCP = Open Compute Project
  • OOB = Out of Band
  • PECI = Platform Environment Control Interface
  • PM = Platform Management
  • PMCP = Platform Management Configuration Program
  • PSME = Pooled System Management Engine
  • RDMA = Remote Direct Memory Access
  • REST = REpresentational State Transfer
  • RoCE = RDMA over Converged Ethernet
  • RR = Rolling Release
  • RSD = Intel® Rack Scale Design
  • SDR = Sensor Data Record
  • SEL = System Event Log
  • SGL = Scatter-Gather Lists
  • SMIC = System Management Interface Chip
  • SOL = Serial Over LAN
  • SSIF = SMBus System Interface
  • VSP = Visual Service Processor
  • YAFUFlash = Yet Another Firmware Upgrade Flash

About AMI

AMI is Firmware Reimagined for modern computing. As a global leader in Dynamic Firmware for security, orchestration and manageability solutions, AMI enables the world’s compute platforms from on-premises to the cloud to the edge. AMI’s industry-leading foundational technology and unwavering customer support have generated lasting partnerships and spurred innovation for some of the most prominent brands in the high-tech industry. AMI is also a critical provider to the Open Compute ecosystem and is a member of numerous industry associations and standards groups, such as the Unified EFI Forum (UEFI), PICMG, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Cybersecurity Excellence Partnership (NCEP), and the Trusted Computing Group (TCG).

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