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Dell seeks firmware architect

Platform Software Senior Principal Engineer/BIOS Architect (17000X39)

[…]You’ll apply skills and experience across the full cycle of software development (specification development and review, debug and validation) to enable features and capabilitiesof platforms in areas like UEFI drivers, thermal, power management, security, manageability, manufacturability, configurability and embedded controllers.
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* Work with Industry forums for spec development like UEFI, DMTF, PCI Sig, ACPI, etc
* Ability to take ownership of overall UEFI platform design throughout the platform lifecycle
* 12+ years experience in BIOS / firmware SW development
* UEFI Programming expertise
* Low level programming capability -system/motherboard/device/chipset level
* Experience with analyzers and other HW tools to debug complex system SW issues
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https://jobs.dell.com/job/-/-/375/5929831

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PFSExtractor: extractor for DellPFS firmware format

https://github.com/LongSoft/PFSExtractor

PFSExtractor v0.1.0 – extracts contents of Dell firmware update files in PFS format
Usage: PFSExtractor pfs_file.bin

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Linux OEMs/VARs: use FwUpd

If you build a Linux-based system, you should be putting your firmware updates on fwupd. Dell is the only vendor currently doing this.

What about: System76, ThinkPenguin, Purism, HP, etc??

Hmm, it looks like System76 might be working on it!

 

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Dell PowerEdge 14G firmware updates

Dell/EMC has a new Tech Note, written by Wei Liu and Seamus Jones, summarizing some of the new firmware security features available in their new server:

Cyber-Resiliency Starts at the Chipset and BIOS

2-page Tech Note covering new BIOS features introduced with PowerEdge 14G servers, offering unique resiliency to malicious intent or user error. The two features highlighted, BIOS Recovery and integration of Intel Boot Guard, respectively, are further demonstration of PowerEdge engineering commitment to ensuring the security and stability of enterprise infrastructures.

http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/extras/m/white_papers/20444061

 

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RackHD

RackHD is a technology stack created for enabling hardware management and orchestration, to provide cohesive APIs to enable automated infrastructure. In a Converged Infrastructure Platform (CIP) architecture, RackHD software provides hardware management and orchestration (M&O). It serves as an abstraction layer between other M&O layers and the underlying physical hardware. Developers can use the RackHD API to create a user interface that serves as single point of access for managing hardware services regardless of the specific hardware in place.

https://github.com/RackHD/RackHD

http://rackhd.io/

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Dell Inspiron 20-3052 BIOS update concerns

If you have this Dell, be careful about the current update, multiple users have the problem. Quoting the Register article:

As one forum wag noted: “Some send out ‘WannaCry’, others send out BIOS upgrades”.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/05/18/dell_bios_update_borks_pcs/

http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/desktop/f/3514/t/20012309?pi21953=1

http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/desktop/f/3514/p/19435778/20050222

PS: These are nice references from Dell’s support wiki:

http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/desktop/w/desktop/3624.beep-codes-and-psa-diagnostic-chart

http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/desktop/w/desktop/3634.extremely-long-psa-code-chart

 

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