American chipmaker Intel has said that ageing software may not be able to work on computers released in 2020.
The company will halt support for legacy BIOS (basic input output system) technology by 2020. The latter is essentially software that's saved on small memory.
Instead, it's looking to focus on secure UEFI (unified extensible firmware interface) systems, and this will see a number of big changes for computer chips and motherboards in the future.
The change will essentially kill 32-bit software by the turn of the next decade, and Intel seems to be preparing for this.
UEFI is like the new popular kid on the block, and it's constantly growing in dominance. It's responsible for computer power-up processes.
Basic input/output system technology has dominated the computing world for around 30 years. However, it's beginning to demise, and many believe this comes down to security.
Intel, certainly, sees it this way. Although it currently offers UEFI mechanisms with support for BIOS, it wants to shift to the former in a bid to improve security measures.
Many modern computers rely on these technologies, although manufacturers will clearly need to make changes to ensure consumers aren't left disappointed.
To ensure UEFI capabilities are effective, Intel will also stop CSM support for new client and server platforms by 2020, according to Anandtech.
When this happens, platforms won't only fail to cater for 32-bit operating systems, but they'll also struggle to run old software and hardware. For instance, RAID HBAs will be affected.
That said, if people still want to run older systems, they'll be able to make use of virtualisation platforms. The same thing can't be said for older hardware, though.
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