DMTF Releases SMBIOS 3.2
The DMTF has released Version 3.2 of the System Management BIOS (SMBIOS) Reference Specification, the premier standard for delivering management information via system firmware. Since its first release in 1995, the widely implemented SMBIOS standard has simplified the management of more than two billion client and server systems.
For OS-present, OS-absent, and pre-OS environments, SMBIOS offers motherboard and system vendors a standard format to present management information about their products. By extending the system firmware interface, SMBIOS can be used with management applications and eliminates the need for error-prone operations, such as probing system hardware for presence detection.
Version 3.2 of SMBIOS adds support for current technologies, including USB Type-C, PCIe bifurcation and new processors. In addition, the standard extends support for NVDIMMs and adds support for logical memory type.
SMBIOS, along with PMCI and Redfish®, is part of the ongoing hard work and close collaboration between DMTF Working Groups to seamlessly address both internal- and external-facing interfaces and protocols for system management.
To learn more about SMBIOS and to download Version 3.2, please visit http://www.dmtf.org/standards/smbios.