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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 board includes: multilingual BIOS for worldwide use, flash BIOS for easy upgrade, four RIMM sockets for up to 2 GB of RDRAM, 4-channel sound plus an AC97 codec for excellent audio, built in LAN chip for networking, one CNR slot, one AGP 4X slot, six PCI slots, four USB ports for easy peripheral connection, and an onboard RAID chip plus four IDE ports for server applications.
The new CIH viruses infect Windows 95/98 program executable files and cause damage to systems with a flash BIOS ROM.
SOYO boards also feature SOYO's trademarked AI-BIOS: Four-Way Active interception feature to automatically protect the BIOS from the CIH virus, which can overwrite the hard disk and the flash BIOS of an infected computer under Windows operating systems.
The CIH virus has been widely reported in the media to deliver a "payload" that could potentially damage hard drive data or overwrite certain flash BIOS chipsets, leaving the infected PC inoperable unless the BIOS is restored or replaced.
The board also features SOYO's trademarked AI-BIOS: Four-Way Active interception feature to automatically protect the BIOS from the CIH virus, which can overwrite the hard disk and the flash BIOS of an infected computer under Windows 95 and Windows 98.
RadiSys' EPC-16 SBC, which operates as both a master and a slave, features 256Kb of on-board secondary L2 Cache, 1MB of Flash BIOS and 2 DRAM SODIMM sockets which supports up to 256MB of DRAM.
The CARD-PC/486D4 is an upgradable, integrated processor containing a CPU, DRAM, flash BIOS EEPROM, I/O ports, video controller and other functions of a PC motherboard in a compact unit measuring a mere 86x54x7.
both ISA and PCI expansion, 2 USB ports, and 2MB of Flash BIOS.