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Microsoft Windows Logo Program System and Device Requirements  —  46

The System Abstraction Layer (SAL) is a firmware layer provided by OEMs. The implementation of this layer must conform to RS-Itanium-based System Abstraction Layer (SAL) Specification, Revision 2.7 or later, including implementation of a call that will allow the firmware to be updated.

SAL abstracts platform uniqueness by providing a consistent interface to a higher level of the software stack to discover and control an Itanium-based system. It exports components and their associated access details to the operating system through EFI using the SAL System Table.

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A5.4.2.5 System firmware provides boot support for CD and DVD drives

The system firmware must support the No Emulation mode in El Torito, Version 1.0, and the additional requirements for EFI as defined in Section 16.2.2, "ISO-9660 and El Torito," in EFI 1.0.

A5.4.2.6 System provides minimum required boot list variable storage

The minimum required non-volatile storage for boot list variables (used by the EFI boot manager) is 4 K. Note that this is storage reserved solely for use by boot list variables and may not be used for any other variables or purposes.

A5.4.2.7 System provides a minimum, firmware-based driver set sufficient to allow boot, installation, and recovery operations without the presence of loadable media-based EFI drivers

The minimum set of capabilities required under this guideline include EFI console capabilities and sufficient other EFI drivers to permit access to devices needed for boot, installation, and recovery operations.

Note: An example of a specific problem that this guideline addresses is the possible case of a system that, in order to reach a given disk drive, must load a driver off that particular disk drive. It can readily be seen that such cases would result in an uninstallable system.

The requirements for management of the EFI boot process are documented in EFI 1.0 or later. In addition, EFI-based systems must meet other EFI requirements in these Logo Program Requirements.

See also: A1.1.4

A5.4.3 Provide serial port to use as debug port, using either 2F8h or 3F8h

Itanium-based system designers must provide a legacy serial port for use as a debug port. The platform firmware must configure at least one serial port to use either 2F8h or 3F8h. This allows the port to be treated as a boot device by the firmware and to be used by components as a diagnostic port if system debugging is required by either the firmware or the operating system.

A5.4.4  Provide SAPIC support

An Itanium-based system must include SAPIC support that complies with the 64-bit extensions to ACPI, Implemented per Multiple APIC Description Table (MADT) in ACPI 2.0, Section

A5.4.5 Provide 64-bit support in PCI subsystem

For Itanium-based systems, all PCI bridges on the motherboard must support DAC for inbound access, and DAC-capable devices must not be connected below non-DAC-capable bridges, for example, on adapter cards.

New 64-bit adapters must be DAC capable.

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