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'''ARCS''' is a [[firmware]] [[bootloader]] (also known as a [[PROM]] [[console]]) used in most [[computer]]s produced by [[Silicon Graphics|SGI]] since the beginning of the 1990s.
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'''ARCS''' is a [[firmware]] bootloader (also known as a [[PROM]] [[console]]) used in most [[computer]]s produced by [[Silicon Graphics|SGI]] since the beginning of the 1990s.
  
 
The ARCS system is loosely compliant with the [[Advanced RISC Computing]] (ARC) standard, promulgated by the [[Advanced Computing Environment]] consortium in the early 1990s. In another sense, the ARC standard is based on SGI's ARCS, which was used as a basis for generating the ARC standard itself, although ARC calls for a [[little-endian]] system while ARCS system is [[big-endian]] on all [[MIPS architecture|MIPS]]-based systems.  Despite various inconsistencies between the two, both SGI's ARCS implementations and the ARC standard share many commonalities (such as device naming, calling conventions, ''etc.'').
 
The ARCS system is loosely compliant with the [[Advanced RISC Computing]] (ARC) standard, promulgated by the [[Advanced Computing Environment]] consortium in the early 1990s. In another sense, the ARC standard is based on SGI's ARCS, which was used as a basis for generating the ARC standard itself, although ARC calls for a [[little-endian]] system while ARCS system is [[big-endian]] on all [[MIPS architecture|MIPS]]-based systems.  Despite various inconsistencies between the two, both SGI's ARCS implementations and the ARC standard share many commonalities (such as device naming, calling conventions, ''etc.'').
  
Most of the computers which use the ARCS firmware are based on the MIPS line of [[microprocessor]]s. But, the [[SGI Visual Workstation]] series, which is based on the [[Intel Corporation|Intel]] [[Pentium III]], also uses ARCS. The Visual Workstation series is the only commercially produced [[Intel 80386]]-compatible system which used an ARCS firmware, rather than the traditional PC [[BIOS]] used in most Intel 386-lineage machines.
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Most of the computers which use the ARCS firmware are based on the MIPS line of microprocessor]]s. But, the [[SGI Visual Workstation]] series, which is based on the [[Intel Corporation|Intel]] [[Pentium III]], also uses ARCS. The Visual Workstation series is the only commercially produced Intel 80386-compatible system which used an ARCS firmware, rather than the traditional PC [[BIOS]] used in most Intel 386-lineage machines.
  
 
A list of product lines which use the ARCS console includes:
 
A list of product lines which use the ARCS console includes:

Revision as of 23:36, 3 January 2011

ARCS is a firmware bootloader (also known as a PROM console) used in most computers produced by SGI since the beginning of the 1990s.

The ARCS system is loosely compliant with the Advanced RISC Computing (ARC) standard, promulgated by the Advanced Computing Environment consortium in the early 1990s. In another sense, the ARC standard is based on SGI's ARCS, which was used as a basis for generating the ARC standard itself, although ARC calls for a little-endian system while ARCS system is big-endian on all MIPS-based systems. Despite various inconsistencies between the two, both SGI's ARCS implementations and the ARC standard share many commonalities (such as device naming, calling conventions, etc.).

Most of the computers which use the ARCS firmware are based on the MIPS line of microprocessor]]s. But, the SGI Visual Workstation series, which is based on the Intel Pentium III, also uses ARCS. The Visual Workstation series is the only commercially produced Intel 80386-compatible system which used an ARCS firmware, rather than the traditional PC BIOS used in most Intel 386-lineage machines.

A list of product lines which use the ARCS console includes: