insyde UEFI coming to TIs OMAP SoCs courtesy of Insyde

With ARM processors being part of the Windows 8 eco system there are going to be some changes needed to how ARM systems work and as you may know, there's no BIOS to be found on a smartphone or tablet. Well, this is about to change as Insyde has announced that it will be offering a version of its UEFI for Texas Instruments OMAP processors which is apparently a requirement to make ARM processors play nice with Windows 8.

With ARM processors being part of the Windows 8 eco system there are going to be some changes needed to how ARM systems work and as you may know, there's no BIOS to be found on a smartphone or tablet. Well, this is about to change as Insyde has announced that it will be offering a version of its UEFI for Texas Instruments OMAP processors which is apparently a requirement to make ARM processors play nice with Windows 8.

Not a lot of details are known, but Insyde is working hard to make sure its InsydeH2O UEFI works with TI's OMAP platform ahead of the launch of Windows 8. There's no word on other ARM solutions being supported, but we'd be surprised of TI was the only company working with UEFI makers to get ready for Windows 8.

Luckily there's still plenty of time to get everything working, but the two companies are obviously eager to get things up and running as quickly as possible, as for them Windows 8 is a big step in a new direction. We wouldn't expect to see the amount of options as you would inside a UEFI for an x86 based machine, although as this is mostly intended for laptop usage, think laptop BIOS/UEFI and you'll get an idea of the options you'll have, i.e. not that many. That said, a few options are needed to make Windows happy and it's also suggesting that it might be possible to install other operating systems on these upcoming ARM based products.

Source: Insyde