|Why emBoot should
develop your PXE (PreBoot Execution Environment) boot ROM
If you build Network Interface Cards
(NICs) for the business environment, you have two alternatives for
developing your PXE boot firmware.
You can develop it in-house...but the PXE
(PreBoot Execution Environment) base code is no longer available
from Intel. You'll then need to develop the Universal NIC Driver
Interface (UNDI) component...and develop the boot ROM, design test
procedures, conduct the testing, and maintain your design. You'll
have to dedicate scarce resources, get them up to speed with the
technology, and then worry about keeping them.
Or... you can use emBoot's vast experience
do it all for you.
Most major NIC makers agree the second choice
makes the most sense. That's why they are choosing emBoot for their
boot ROM partner.
Our management and engineering staff's history
and experience with network booting is almost as old as the technology
itself. We began as Lanworks Technologies in 1986, and our primary
focus has been the development and distribution of boot ROMs for
network booting. You won't find a source anywhere that can offer
the unique experience in boot ROM development and support that we
In 1998, 3Com Corporation acquired Lanworks
Technologies, and in 2002 we formed emBoot. Our management &
staff with over 35 years of particular experience in this field
will continue our leadership in networking booting technology as
an completely independent company.
What does our years of experience
in this technology mean to you?
- We've developed boot ROMs for a large
variety of LAN controller chips from various vendors such as 3Com,
SMC, Intel, AMD, Allied Telesyn, DEC, HP, Accton, Realtek, Compaq,
Symbol, etc. Consequently, we have a wealth of experience with
various LAN controller designs and implementations.
- You can rely on our knowledge of
system architecture. We've developed boot ROMs for various types
of adapters like PCI, ISA, MiniPCI, PCCard, USB to Ethernet, etc.
- You can choose from a variety of
- for a ROM chip that resides on
- for integration into a system
- monolithic or split configurations
- You get the benefit of our wide experience
in network environments: TCP/IP (Windows, Linux, UNIX), Netware,
- We know the PXE 2.0 specification
- past experience includes being a main contributor to the specification.
- You don't have to worry about compatibility.
Our QA facilities include a variety of third-party client management
products for compatibility testing. These include: 3Com Boot Services,
3Com Virtual LAN Drive (VLD), Windows 2000 Remote Installation
Services (RIS), IBM's LANClient Control Manager (LCCM), Intel's
LANdesk Configuration Manager (LCM), OnTechnology's OnCommand
CCM, CA's Unicenter, Symantec's Ghost Enterprise, Altiris eXpress,
- With all that experience, our test
plans have evolved to cover all the bases. Our designers have
created countless test scripts and test programs to help ensure
the quality and robustness of our code.
- You can forget about BIOS problems.
A boot ROM's interaction with the system BIOS and PCI can be problematic
because so many types and implementations are available. Over
years of direct experience and a close relationship with Phoenix
Technologies, we provide mature and robust system interface code.
- You always have the latest technology
available for your customers. We stay on top of the latest industry
advances, including the Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) that's
being introduced with the new IA64 systems. Our boot ROM designs
include adding support for EFI.
You're in good company when you choose emBoot. Major PC vendors
such as Dell, HP, EMC, Toshiba, and IBM license boot ROMs that
our staff have designed. These industry leaders have great faith
in our technologies, and you can, too.