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New ACPI IDs for November: Nexstgo and Insyde

Here’s the list of new ACPI specs for 2017 (so far), 2 new entries in November, first update since Summer:

Company ACPI ID Approved on Date
VR Technology Holdings Limited 3GVR 01/19/2017
Exar Corporation EXAR 02/28/2017
Coreboot Project BOOT 02/28/2017
Marvell Technology Group Ltd. MRVL 05/25/2017
IHSE GmbH IHSE 06/22/2017
Insyde Software INSY 11/10/2017
Nexstgo Company Limited NXGO 11/13/2017

http://www.uefi.org/acpi_id_list

http://www.uefi.org/uefi-acpi-export (XLS download)

For the 2 new entries, I can’t find any data on what their ACPI tables do, nor where their specs are:

http://www.nexstgo.com/
http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/ScopedViewInline.aspx?updateid=1724ebc5-cbbf-407f-a4da-c3b769f88690

https://www.insyde.com/

It is a shame that the spreadsheet doesn’t have a column with more useful info, eg: URL to the vendor’s spec, perhaps which HW/OS it is valid for, which version of ACPI it requires, flag if table has FWTS test, license of vendor’s spec (eg, click-through EULA required for some ARM/MSFT/TCG docs), etc.

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Fall UEFI plugfest presentations uploaded

Fall 2017 UEFI Plugfest – October 30-November 3, 2017

State of the UEFI – Mark Doran (UEFI Forum President)
UEFI Security Response Team (USRT) – Dick Wilkins (UEFI Forum)
“Last Mile” Barriers to Removing Legacy BIOS – Brian Richardson (Intel)
UEFI Firmware Security Concerns and Best Practices – Dick Wilkins (Phoenix)
Strategies for Stronger Software SMI Security in UEFI Firmware – Tim Lewis (Insyde)
UEFI in Arm Platform Architecture – Dong Wei (ARM)
Self-Certification Tests (SCTs) in UEFI World – Eric Jin (Intel) and Alex Hung (Canonical)
Firmware Test Suite -Uses, Development, Contribution and GPL – Alex Hung (Canonical)
Near Field Communication (NFC) and UEFI – Tony Lo (AMI)
EDK2 Platforms Overview – Leif Lindholm (Linaro)
UEFI Manageability and REST Services – Abner Chang (HPE) and Ting Ye (Intel)

http://www.uefi.org/learning_center/presentationsandvideos

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ACPI 6.2 errata A released

FWTS is the recommended ACPI test tool by the UEFI Forum!

Here’s the info from the changelog:
Missing space in title of ACPI RAS Feature Table (RASF)
Typos in Extended PCC subspaces (types 3 and 4)
Add a new NFIT Platform Capabilities Structure
PPTT ID Type Structure offsets
Remove bits 2-4 in the Platform RAS Capabilities Bitmaptable
Region Format Interface Code description
Remove support for multiple GICD structures
PDTT typos and PPTT reference Revision History
Minor correction to Trigger Action Table
General Purpose Event Handling flow

http://uefi.org/specifications

If you really want to understand what has changed in the ACPI and UEFI specs, you need to join the UEFI Forum, so you can access the Mantis bug database and understand what the Mantis numbers in the ACPI and UEFI spec revision history refer to…

 

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UEFI Forum recommends FWTS for it’s ACPI tests

FWTS has had ACPI tests for a while, and it’s basically the best public set of ACPI tests available. Better than anything the UEFI Forum has, like the SCTs. They’ve been using FWTS in the UEFI plugfests for a while, for ACPI purposes. Now the UEFI Forum is more formally recommending FWTS. Alex Hung of Canonical announces a new milestone for FWTS, the FirmWare Test Suite:

FWTS 17.03.00 is recommended as the ACPI 6.1 SCT

We have achieved another important milestone! The UEFI Board of Directors recommends Firmware Test Suite (FWTS) release 17.03.00 as the ACPI v6.1 Self-Certification Test (SCT), More information is available at:
http://www.uefi.org/testtools
Thank you all for who contributed patches, reported bugs, provided feedbacks and used FWTS in your work.

Thanks, FWTS, for having the best ACPI tests available!

 

Full announcement:
https://lists.ubuntu.com/mailman/listinfo/fwts-announce

 

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ARM joins UEFI Forum Board

The UEFI Forum issued a press release today, about ARM joining the board.

UEFI Forum Appoints ARM to Board of Directors Fortifying Its Commitment to Firmware Innovation

ARM Strengthens Its Long-Standing Presence and Contributions to the UEFI Ecosystem
June 06, 2017 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

BEAVERTON, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The UEFI Forum, a non-profit industry standards body that champions firmware advancement through industry collaboration and advocacy of firmware technology standards, announced today that ARM has been appointed to the UEFI Forum Board of Directors.[…]

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20170606005502/en/UEFI-Forum-Appoints-ARM-Board-Directors-Fortifying

http://www.uefi.org/node/3715

 

 

 

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UEFI updates specs

The UEFI Forum has updated their specs.

UEFI Spec v2.7
http://www.uefi.org/sites/default/files/resources/UEFI_Spec_2_7.pdf

PI v1.6
http://www.uefi.org/sites/default/files/resources/PI_Spec_1_6.pdf

ACPI v6.2
http://www.uefi.org/sites/default/files/resources/ACPI_6_2.pdf

SCT v2.5A
http://www.uefi.org/testtools

http://uefi.org/specsandtesttools
http://uefi.org/specifications

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