[xbit-labs] MicroStar International (MSI), one of the world’s largest makers of computer mainboards and other components, plans to start transition to Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) in February of 2008. It is unclear how long the transition takes, but once it kicks off, there will hardly be a way back to Basic Input Output System (BIOS) used today.

The first mainboard from MSI for the channel market to use EFI will be P35 Neo3, which is powered by Intel P35 core-logic and supports Intel Core 2 Duo, Intel Core 2 Quad, Intel Core 2 Extreme as well as various other LGA775 central processing units (CPUs). According to a news-story by HKEPC web-site, MSI P35 Neo 3’s EFI will support several languages and more precise system settings for tweaking. In order to further popularize EFI, MSI reportedly even embedded three simplistic games into EFI to allow users to play them while the operating system is loaded by the PC.

since the MB has been announced for february we can be pretty sure that Vista SP1 will be released soon.

now we just need PS/2, serial/parallel ports, analog audio jacks, VGA/DVI ports, IDE (including floppy), PCI slots, game ports and the stupid 24pin PSU and IDE/SATA power connectors to disappear. I'm sick of having half the space of motherboard front panels being wasted by ports nobody uses anymore and my desktop PC full of power cables everywhere [C].