US Patent Application No: 2005/0229,173

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Automatic firmware update proxy

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An embodiment of the present invention is a system and method relating to automatic firmware image update by proxy for BIOS or other embedded firmware image. When a server equipped with a baseboard management controller (BMC) and detects that its BIOS code image is corrupted or out of date, it may broadcast a request for an image update over an out-of-band network. One or more donor systems on the network may respond to the request and send the requestor a new image. The recipient system uses management policies to determine from which donor system to accept an update. In another embodiment, the BMC retrieves a new BIOS image from a predetermined location and updates the BIOS image accordingly.

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Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
INTEL CORPORATIONSANTA CLARA, CA26138

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Hannon, William R Beaverton, OR 3 55
Mihm, James T Gresham, OR 3 60

Cited Art Landscape

Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
VIA TECHNOLOGIES, INC. (1)
* 2004/0098,521 Peripheral management system 9 2003
 
INTEL CORPORATION (7)
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* 7,136,994 Recovery images in an operational firmware environment 16 2003
* 2004/0260,936 Provisioning for a modular server 2 2003
* 2005/0038,808 System and method for utilizing a modular operating system (OS) resident agent allowing an out-of-band server management 10 2003
* 2005/0240,669 BIOS framework for accommodating multiple service processors on a single server to facilitate distributed/scalable server management 16 2004
* 2005/0228,888 Automatic firmware image recovery 10 2004
 
GLOBALFOUNDRIES INC. (1)
* 7,293,165 BMC-hosted boot ROM interface 20 2003
* Cited By Examiner

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION (9)
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HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD. (4)
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HEWLETT-PACKARD DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, L.P. (1)
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MEDIATEK INC. (1)
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HEWLETT PACKARD ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT LP (6)
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ARUBA NETWORKS, INC. (1)
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Juniper Networks, Inc. (1)
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LINKEDIN CORPORATION (1)
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LENOVO ENTERPRISE SOLUTIONS (SINGAPORE) PTE. LTD. (3)
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LENOVO INTERNATIONAL LIMITED (10)
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BLACKBERRY LIMITED (2)
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SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD. (1)
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FUJITSU LIMITED (5)
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HITACHI, LTD. (1)
* 7,730,474 Storage system and automatic renewal method of firmware 3 2005
 
DELL PRODUCTS L.P. (5)
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9,183,395 System and method for secure information handling system flash memory access 0 2015
 
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AXIS AB (2)
* 8,032,881 Method and system for upgrading a plurality of devices 7 2007
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HITACHI SOLUTIONS, LTD. (2)
* 8,549,510 Firmware update apparatus and method 0 2009
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INTEL CORPORATION (5)
* 2007/0055,968 Reliable BIOS updates 3 2005
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Fujitsu Siemens Computers GmbH (1)
7,941,658 Computer system and method for updating program code 0 2007
 
STMICROELECTRONICS, INC. (1)
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* Cited By Examiner