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flash BIOS

A PC BIOS stored in a flash memory chip rather than a ROM chip. Years ago, the flash BIOS replaced the ROM BIOS to allow for updating in place. Updating a ROM BIOS meant removing the chip and replacing it with a newer version. See BIOS, firmware, firmware update and flash memory.
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The latter, serving as a safety feature, is a second FLASH BIOS, which can be selected if a BIOS update in the field causes problems.
Under Windows 95/98, the virus additionally discards the CMOS memory settings (CMOS contains the computer boot up hardware settings) and, just like the "Chernobyl" (CIH) virus, destroys data in FLASH BIOS microchip.
The first generation Xcore86 offers a minimum of 1Ghz clock speed, built in floating point, LAN on chip, sound, Flash BIOS, video, SD to IDE bridge and integrated I/O all built in.
The BSP supports the VSBC-8 Flash BIOS with OEM enhancements, a CPU temperature monitor interrupt, I/O options and other functions.
Giuseppe Crisenza, Vice President of the Memory Products Group at ST, said: "ST's Low Pin Count family adds to the Firmware Hub family, providing a complete Flash BIOS solution targeting all segments of BIOS applications, in line with market demands to rely on fewer broad range, non-volatile memory solution suppliers.