BIOS License Included With Every ZFx86 Chip
Saves Time and Cost!
Every ZFx86 System-on-a-Chip includes a fully paid run time
license for the ZF FailSafe BIOS based on the Phoenix 4.x
PC BIOS. Our FailSafe BIOS takes the industry leading
Phoenix BIOS and extends it for the ultimate in embedded
There is no requirement for you to negotiate or secure a
separate license agreement with Phoenix Technologies, Ltd.
Our agreement with Phoenix allows us to distribute the ZF
FailSafe BIOS to our customers for use on every ZFx86 chip
The BIOS included with every ZF chip allows our customers,
contract manufacturers, and distributors, to incorporate the
ZF FailSafe BIOS within any products that use the ZFx86
System-on-a-Chip. You may resell the CPU itself or any
subassembly or end product that includes a ZFx86 CPU and
pass on the fully paid Phoenix/ZF BIOS. No further licensing
requirement with Phoenix or any third party is required as
long as the BIOS used is that supplied by ZF.
A full-featured BIOS, the ZF FailSafe BIOS supports the
entire array of system features present in the ZFx86
System-on-a-Chip. The BIOS itself is not a source code
distribution, but rather an easily-used executable binary
that runs on the ZFx86 within your product. ZF takes care of
the cost overhead, paying Phoenix all royalty fees for every
ZFx86 sold worldwide.
Built on the world standard Phoenix BIOS for 32-bit x86 desktop
architecture, the ZF FailSafe BIOS supports features designed by ZF
expressly for embedded applications. These ZF-unique features
Configuration Settings selectable by OEM product designers. This
means that no battery backed CMOS is required to retain your
customized settings, resulting in increased reliability at a
lower BOM cost.
ZEB BIOS Editor.
This free development utility provides a way to custom configure
the ZF FailSafe BIOS without recompiling or difficult scripting.
A simple user interface allows you to change BIOS settings even
after your design is finished. Manufacturing engineers find ZEB
defined Chip Selects. This enables I/O and Flash Memory devices
such as Disk-On-Chips to be connected without additional glue
logic, again increasing reliability and reducing BOM cost.
checking that not only increases field reliability, but helps
pin-point, "bring up" design problems resulting in faster time
Built in ZFlash Boot-OS-from-Flash capability.
Video/Keyboard ) console support with Redirect terminal
(includes POST code outputs).
Video Extension BIOS
The ZF FailSafe BIOS supports a load feature for custom PCI video
BIOS binaries. Using our ZEB utility's main menu you may combine the
ZFx86 BIOS with your own PCI video BIOS. The BIOS shadows the PCI
video BIOS and treats it as if it were a standard PCI Extension ROM
and initializes the matching embedded PCI Video chip.