Class reference

Subclass of CIM_Chip

The Chip class represents any type of integrated circuit hardware, including ASICs, processors, memory chips, etc.

Key properties

Local properties

string InstanceID

InstanceID is an optional property that may be used to opaquely and uniquely identify an instance of this class within the scope of the instantiating Namespace. Various subclasses of this class may override this property to make it required, or a key. Such subclasses may also modify the preferred algorithms for ensuring uniqueness that are defined below.

To ensure uniqueness within the NameSpace, the value of InstanceID should be constructed using the following “preferred” algorithm:


Where <OrgID> and <LocalID> are separated by a colon (:), and where <OrgID> must include a copyrighted, trademarked, or otherwise unique name that is owned by the business entity that is creating or defining the InstanceID or that is a registered ID assigned to the business entity by a recognized global authority. (This requirement is similar to the <Schema Name>_<Class Name> structure of Schema class names.) In addition, to ensure uniqueness, <OrgID> must not contain a colon (:). When using this algorithm, the first colon to appear in InstanceID must appear between <OrgID> and <LocalID>.

<LocalID> is chosen by the business entity and should not be reused to identify different underlying (real-world) elements. If not null and the above “preferred” algorithm is not used, the defining entity must assure that the resulting InstanceID is not reused across any InstanceIDs produced by this or other providers for the NameSpace of this instance.

If not set to null for DMTF-defined instances, the “preferred” algorithm must be used with the <OrgID> set to CIM.

string SerialNumber

A manufacturer-allocated number used to identify the Physical Element.

string PartNumber

The part number assigned by the organization that is responsible for producing or manufacturing the PhysicalElement.

string ElementName

A user-friendly name for the object. This property allows each instance to define a user-friendly name in addition to its key properties, identity data, and description information.

Note that the Name property of ManagedSystemElement is also defined as a user-friendly name. But, it is often subclassed to be a Key. It is not reasonable that the same property can convey both identity and a user-friendly name, without inconsistencies. Where Name exists and is not a Key (such as for instances of LogicalDevice), the same information can be present in both the Name and ElementName properties. Note that if there is an associated instance of CIM_EnabledLogicalElementCapabilities, restrictions on this properties may exist as defined in ElementNameMask and MaxElementNameLen properties defined in that class.

string Description

A textual description of the PhysicalElement.

string Manufacturer

The name of the organization responsible for producing the PhysicalElement. This organization might be the entity from whom the Element is purchased, but this is not necessarily true. The latter information is contained in the Vendor property of CIM_Product.

string Name

The Name property defines the label by which the object is known. When subclassed, the Name property can be overridden to be a Key property.

string Caption

The Caption property is a short textual description (one- line string) of the object.

string Model

The name by which the PhysicalElement is generally known.

string Tag

An arbitrary string that uniquely identifies the Physical Element and serves as the key of the Element. The Tag property can contain information such as asset tag or serial number data. The key for PhysicalElement is placed very high in the object hierarchy in order to independently identify the hardware or entity, regardless of physical placement in or on Cabinets, Adapters, and so on. For example, a hotswappable or removable component can be taken from its containing (scoping) Package and be temporarily unused. The object still continues to exist and can even be inserted into a different scoping container. Therefore, the key for Physical Element is an arbitrary string and is defined independently of any placement or location-oriented hierarchy.

string SystemCreationClassName

Local methods


Inherited properties

boolean HotSwappable
string SKU
string Version
boolean Removable
string Status
boolean CanBeFRUed
boolean Replaceable
uint16 FormFactor
datetime InstallDate
boolean PoweredOn
uint64 Generation

Inherited methods