The Digital Network Appliance Reference Design
Digital Equipment Corporation Recommends FirmWorks's Open
The firmware that controls system initialization for the Digital Network
Appliance Reference Design (DNARD) is FirmWorks's Open Firmware
implementation for the StrongARM. This firmware complies with IEEE Std. 1275-1994, and also provides many
experience-driven, value-added extensions
to the standard.
A partial list of companies using our firmware in their DNARD-based
network computers is:
And, for those customers designing network computers based upon the
PowerPC(tm), FirmWorks can provide its Power
Firmware(tm) boot firmware.
FirmWorks's Open Firmware implementation for the DNARD provides
complete initialization and configuration checking of the DNARD
hardware prior to starting the OS software. The OS can be booted from
various devices (e.g. Ethernet, ROMcard, Zip drive, etc.) and can then
obtain a number of services from the firmware, including a complete
description of the machine's hardware configuration (i.e. the Open
Firmware device tree) and access to
all of the Open Firmware device drivers which can be used by the OS
for device control until the OS device drivers are operational.
A special feature of FirmWorks's Open Firmware implementation is its
ability to update itself to new versions over the network. This
on-board PROM programming can be especially valuable to manufacturers
during early testing of DNARD-based prototypes.
FirmWorks's Open Firmware for the DNARD contains an extensive suite of
hardware diagnostics that are executed as a "power-on self-test" (POST)
at boot time.
In addition to our diagnostics, we can provide your design team
with the assistance of FirmWorks's skilled engineers who are
intimately familiar with the DNARD design, and who already have
assisted other companies in bringing up their DNARD-based designs.
FirmWorks can help you to get your design to market fast.
Please contact us for more
FirmWorks's DNARD Open Firmware is available to manufacturers on very
attractive licensing terms. Please contact us for the details.
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Last Modified: November 19, 1997