The new tool has been developed for use with Advantech's portfolio of embedded hardware platforms. These platforms include computer on modules, single-board computers, embedded PCs, and embedded motherboards. BIOS Wizard is a user-friendly Windows application that uses an intuitive tree view to display the available BIOS settings. The view lets users see all settings quickly and allows the editing of the default configuration and then save it to the BIOS image, or use other built-in features to modify or set up a custom OEM-branded boot screen.
"BIOS Wizard provides a new and straightforward way for developers to create a custom BIOS quickly and efficiently, optimize settings to suit the application scenario, and ensure the desired system-startup behavior," said Thomas Kastner, Senior Director Embedded Software at Advantech. "Its tremendous flexibility and easily accessible features enhance the user experience vastly and make BIOS modifications on Advantech hardware painless. With such agility, the tool will help accelerate time to market for new embedded products, especially by eliminating turn-around times and overhead for frequent customization requests by our partners."
To support BIOS Wizard, Advantech has developed online tutorials to explain how to realise the full potential of the new tool for embedded projects. The tool allows users of Advantech's portfolio of embedded boards and systems to customize and differentiate their designs. The portfolio of boards are available in industry-standard and proprietary form factors. They offer the choice of various x86 and Arm processors that are designed to cover a broad performance spectrum.