The new software, which is known as UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface), has been designed to replace the current BIOS (Boot In Boot Out) technology which has been present in most computers for the past 25 years. Experts say BIOS technology was only designed as a temporary solution, which could explain why many of today’s computers have a considerably long boot up time.
UEFI is a more adaptable version of BIOS which means that it can cope more easily with keyboards and different plug-ins. It’s thought the new system could dramatically reduce the start-up times of computers by as much as half a minute.
“At the moment, it can be 25- to 30 seconds of boot time before you see the first bit of OS sign-on. With UEFI, we’re getting it down to a handful of seconds,” commented Mark Doran, head of the UEFI Forum.
“It’s not quite instant-on, but it is already a lot better than conventional BIOS can manage, and we’re getting closer to that every day.”
Industry experts expect UEFI to enter the market from as early as next year, at which point it’s expected to radically transform the nature of modern computers as we know them.
Computer boot up times have long been an issue in the technology industry and many firms are already working hard to reduce boot up times on tablet and mobile devices.