American Megatrends Extends Aptio(R) Firmware Support for AMD AGESA(TM)

American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI) a leading provider of storage and computing innovations worldwide, is pleased to announce APTIO® firmware support for the AMD AGESA(TM) code for AMD NPT products.

The AMD Generic Encapsulated Software Architecture (AGESA) is a library of validated processor procedures designed to aid customers with quick adoption of AMD64 technology into their products. AMI's drop-in support of AGESA(TM) allows minimal time-to-market for APTIO® customers to integrate AMD Processor Solutions into their products. AMI's integration in APTIO® indicates that AGESA(TM) code is versatile enough that it can be dropped in totally new architecture (UEFI) with minimal build changes.

AMI's support of AGESA(TM) with APTIO® with simple integration of code provides modularity, ease-of-porting and minimal build changes. This drop-in functionality support is important to developers and OEMs wanting to move up to the latest AMD64 product with very minimal changes thus making maintenance easier. AMI integrated AGESA (AE and NPT) in AMIBIOS8® in early 2005 giving the technology a true drop-in capability.

Proven stability, modularity and ease of porting of APTIO® are not compromised and they conform to UEFI and PIWG specifications.

"Working with AMD engineers, AMI has developed a roadmap making the transition of legacy BIOS to UEFI firmware easy and seamless," said S. Shankar, President and CEO at American Megatrends, Inc. "This opens the possibilities for product development and fast deployment by ODMs and OEMs with varied platform solutions."

"We are happy to be working with American Megatrends on the UFI transition," said Pat Patia, Director, Server/Workstation Division, AMD. "By offering a new level of assurance and security, their technology enables the development of new products that can still support the legacy BIOS used by existing customers."

About AMI

Founded in 1985, American Megatrends Inc. (AMI), best known for AMIBIOS, supplies state-of-the-art hardware, software and utilities to today's high-tech manufacturers. AMI, focused on IP Storage Area Networks (IP-SAN), Network Attached Storage (NAS) and Storage Management, also offers remote server management, KVM over IP, IPMI 2.0 firmware and high-density motherboards. AMI is a member of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and an Associate Member with the Intel® Communications Alliance, a community of communications and embedded developers and solution providers. Headquartered in Atlanta, AMI has locations in the U.S., China, Germany, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan to better serve its customers.

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