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American Megatrends (AMI) is a leader in BIOS, UEFI, Remote Management, Network Data Storage, Android Solutions and more - using a proven process to support its valued customers as they design, develop and bring their products and solutions to life.

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May 23, 2016:

NORCROSS, GEORGIA: - American Megatrends Inc. (AMI), a global leader in UEFI and BMC firmware, is pleased to announce its annual American Megatrends Server Solutions Summit, which will be held from May 26 - 27 at the AMI Taiwan Branch Office in Taipei. This annual event, filled with presentations, breakout sessions and hands-on demonstrations, is a unique opportunity to hear first-hand from AMI and its Technology Partners on topics ranging from UEFI firmware for servers, BMC management, scale-out data center applications and much more.

The American Megatrends Server Solutions Summit is open to AMI Technology Partners and OEM/ODM customers, held each year at the company's Taiwan location just prior to the start of COMPUTEX TAIPEI. The 2016 edition of this event will focus on the strength that AMI exhibits in providing integrated system-level features in BIOS, BMC and related tools that enable its OEM and ODM partners to add value to their datacenter, cloud and enterprise products and speed time to market.

Topics to be covered in the two-day event include RAS, configuration, update and deployment of servers and much more. Live demonstrations of AMI server products including UEFI Firmware, Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) technology and presentations from AMI Technology Partners such as Avago, Broadcom, Cavium, Intel® Corporation and Microsoft are sure to make the AMI Server Solutions Summit a must-attend event.

AMI Technology Partners and guest speakers are excited about the event and its new format. Speaking on behalf of Cavium, Larry Wikelius, Vice President Software Ecosystem and Solutions Group, said, "The American Megatrends Server Solutions Summit is an outstanding forum to highlight the partnership that Cavium and AMI have established. The combination of Cavium's innovative ThunderX® Workload Optimized SOCs for next generation data center and cloud applications and AMI's recognized server management and firmware solutions has proven to be a powerful platform for ODM and OEM partners. The Summit will enable us to highlight additional details about our product development and integration with AMI."

Speaking about the event, Subramonian Shankar, President, CEO and Founder of American Megatrends, commented that "This is the first year we have had representatives from both the BIOS and BMC sides of our business at this event, to reflect the synergy and the unique set of skills and technologies that only AMI can provide to OEM and ODM partners. We are excited to host this forum and look forward to another great event filled with valuable information and networking opportunities for our valued guests."

The event is already fully booked for the 2016 edition. Representatives of server OEMs and ODMs interested in an invitation to next year's event are encouraged to contact an AMI US or AMI Taiwan Sales Representative for more information on the American Megatrends Server Solutions Summit 2017 via our website at ami.com/contact-us/.

May 16, 2016:

NORCROSS, GEORGIA: - American Megatrends Inc. (AMI), a global leader in BIOS and UEFI firmware, server and remote management tools, data storage products and unique solutions based on the Linux® operating systems, is proud to extend ROM Utilities support for ARM-based projects. These utilities allow modifications to be made to the ARM-based firmware images without having to rebuild the firmware. A single build can be modified and used on several platform derivatives.

AMI customers now have additional support for various tools to use with ARM-based projects. ARM firmware support has been incorporated in the following AMI ROM Utilities: AMIBCP, AMISDE, ChangeLogo, and MMTool. These utilities allow for post-build configuration of certain settings within the ARM-based firmware images. Since the tools were extended to support ARM-based projects, the user experience remains the same. All the available tools are compatible with AMI's flagship Aptio® V UEFI Firmware and designed to work in conjunction with the firmware.

"With the extended ROM Utilities support for ARM-based projects, AMI is facilitating the introduction of new products in the market," said Subramonian Shankar, CEO of American Megatrends. "Continuous innovative development enables AMI to assist and serve our customers in every aspect of product development and manufacturing, allowing our customers to create high-quality products for their end users."

"While Aptio customers that already use AMI tools and utilities are in a unique position to quickly support the ARM-based platforms market segment, experienced ARM developers can provide better support of their products leveraging easy to use BIOS solutions. For these developers, our ROM Utilities are created to reduce BIOS development and support learning curves," added Stefano Righi, Vice President of Utilities and R&D of American Megatrends.

In summary:

  • AMI ARM-based projects can be developed in the same Aptio development environment that BIOS engineers are already familiar with, including Linux support
  • Full support for manufacturing with flash, SMBIOS, setup tools and more
  • OEM customization tools are available to modify the firmware image without the need to rebuild the project
  • To learn more about Aptio V UEFI Firmware from American Megatrends, please visit http://ami.com/products/bios-uefi-firmware/aptio-v/.

    May 10, 2016:

    NORCROSS, GEORGIA: - American Megatrends Inc. (AMI), a global leader in BIOS and UEFI firmware, server and remote management tools, data storage products and unique solutions based on the Linux® and Android™ operating systems, was in the news recently as Time Magazine published a list of America's most "genius cities" according to the number of patents awarded by companies operating in the area.

    Notably, AMI was acknowledged as the leading patent producer in its hometown of Norcross, Georgia, besting technology and industrial leaders in neighboring companies such as OFS / FITEL Technologies (USA), Scientific-Atlanta and others. Additionally, AMI was noted in the Time article for having produced 373 patents up to 2015; the nearest local company had amassed nearly 200 fewer than that number.

    The article, which also ranked Norcross as 14th in the nation in terms of patent production, can be viewed here:

    http://time.com/4109303/genius-cities/?xid=time_socialflow_twitter

    The local Atlanta Journal-Constitution newspaper also gave a nod to AMI and its achievement in a related story on the Time report:

    http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/two-metro-atlanta-cities-named-most-genius-timecom/nrJBD/

    In the words of AMI Founder, President and CEO, Mr. Subramonian Shankar, "This acknowledgment is a tremendous source of pride for AMI employees, not only those at our corporate headquarters in Norcross but at our numerous locations around the globe. Each and every AMI employee takes our commitment to innovation very seriously; it truly is the lifeblood of our company."

    "Gaining recognition for our patent portfolio serves as fuel for our innovative fire, and news such as this will encourage our talented team of researchers and developers around the world to redouble their efforts in designing world-class solutions for the global computing industry," he added.

    April 25, 2016:

    NORCROSS, GA / AUSTIN, TX - American Megatrends Inc. (AMI), a global leader in UEFI and BMC firmware, is proud to announce a joint demonstration with Dell at the upcoming OpenStack Summit from April 25-29, 2016 in Austin, Texas. The OpenStack demonstration will provide an early look at the forthcoming MegaRAC® Composer™ Pod Management software running on the Dell DSS 9000 rack-level infrastructure.

    Developed to be fully compliant with Intel® Rack Scale Architecture, MegaRAC Composer from American Megatrends is a Pod Management software solution that allows users to browse physical resources at the rack, chassis, and system level through an intuitive web-based user interface. Administrators can then assign and compose those physical resources to create a logical node, which provides the advantage of demand-driven dynamic scaling to optimize datacenter resource utilization.

    MegaRAC Composer also allows for the composition of physical resources based on templates, which can then be stored in the software and reused as a time-saving feature. In addition, MegaRAC Composer gives users the ability to power on, force off, and gracefully shutdown composed nodes.

    Building on Dell’s hyperscale success with the rack-scale DCS “G5” hardware solution, the DSS 9000 is a flexible, modular rack-level infrastructure that will offer compute and storage sleds, built-in networking, shared power & cooling, as well as next-generation management via Intel® Rack Scale Architecture and Redfish - new, open management APIs that will allow users to create an agile, composable infrastructure at a rack-level. This solution was first announced by Dell at Mobile World Congress in early 2016 and will be available commercially in the second half of 2016.

    “Carriers and service providers are struggling to keep up with massive data growth, maximize infrastructure utilization rates and accelerate delivery of new dynamic services. In order to stay competitive, these companies are looking to hyperscale architectures based on open designs when upgrading their legacy infrastructure. Leveraging our history and expertise in hyperscale environments, Dell’s Extreme Scale Infrastructure (ESI) group is enabling the telecommunications industry and cloud service providers to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow with our new rack-level infrastructure. By collaborating with AMI on a joint demo at OpenStack Summit, we are offering a preview of next-generation infrastructure, complete with robust and open management capabilities to simplify the user experience,” said Stephen Rousset, Distinguished Engineer and Director of Architecture, Dell Extreme Scale Infrastructure.

    “Intel has been closely collaborating with leading software companies to prepare the broad ecosystem for the next wave of cloud technology innovations. AMI has been on the forefront of that revolution in supporting Intel® Rack Scale Architecture and bringing their MegaRAC Composer to market. AMI’s solution is also the industry’s first product to include the Chinook Extensions to Redfish, providing the ability to dynamically compose pools of resources,” said Raejeanne Skillern, Vice President, and General Manager Cloud Service Providers, Intel Corporation.

    "AMI is greatly pleased to collaborate once again with Dell and Intel through this demonstration of MegaRAC Composer on the forthcoming DSS 9000 infrastructure at OpenStack Summit in Austin. To us, this demonstration embodies the perfect synthesis of rock-solid, feature-rich management software for which AMI is known through its MegaRAC brand and the latest in Dell Extreme Scale Infrastructure, the DSS 9000, to illustrate the possibilities of modular, agile and efficient rack-level infrastructure that perfectly suits all compute-intensive datacenter environments focused on balancing efficiency and performance,” said Subramonian Shankar, President, Founder and CEO of American Megatrends.

    Customers, partners, press and analysts are warmly invited to see the demo of MegaRAC Composer Pod Management Software on Dell DSS 9000 modular rack-level infrastructure at Open Stack Summit in the Dell booth #D6 throughout the course of Open Stack Summit in Austin from April 25 – 29, 2016. An invitation is also extended to a breakout session hosted by Dell on Tuesday, April 26 in Meeting room 12 A/B on Level 4 of the Austin Convention Center from 11:15-11:55am CDT. In this session, attendees will get a behind the scenes look at how Dell, Intel and AMI worked together on an OpenStack technology demonstration to help companies stand up, manage and orchestrate infrastructure at scale.

    MegaRAC Composer from AMI is slated to be available to early adopters in June and commercially available in Q3 of 2016. For additional details and information on this upcoming product, please visit https://ami.com/products/remote-management/megarac-composer

    April 18, 2016:

    NORCROSS, GEORGIA: - American Megatrends Inc. (AMI), a global leader in BIOS and UEFI firmware, server and remote management tools, data storage products and unique solutions based on the Linux® and Android™ operating systems, is proud to announce out-of-band BIOS configuration compatible with DMTF Redfish.

    DMTF's Redfish API platform was created by DMTF's Scalable Platforms Management Forum as an open industry standard specification designed to provide end users simple and powerful, yet scalable management platform hardware. To meet the needs of end users, Redfish allows users to develop solutions that combat homogenous interfaces and reduced functionality. Redfish utilizes a combination of REST, JSON and OData and serves as a secure replacement for IPMI-over-LAN.

    AMI's OOB (Out-of-Band) Firmware Management delivers extended management solutions through the adoption of Redfish between BIOS, BMC and Extensible Management Architecture (EMA). AMI OOB Firmware Management provides complete Redfish support and allows for the consistent exchange of information between the BIOS and BMC. AMI has been diligently working on providing an OOB firmware solution for datacenter solutions providers such as QCT (Quanta Cloud Technology).

    "Out-of-band BIOS configuration is an important feature for our datacenter customers," said Mike Yang, general manager of QCT. "Accessing server management controllers through the network lets datacenter administrators perform remote BIOS setups for many racks of servers simultaneously. It is precisely the kind of efficiency and agility that our customers are looking for."

    To learn more about Aptio V UEFI Firmware from American Megatrends, please visit http://ami.com/products/bios-uefi-firmware/aptio-v/.

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    AMI Partners & Industry Associations


    In line with the diversity of its technology and products, AMI is a long-standing member of key industry associations and standards groups, maintaining technology partnerships with the leading manufacturers whose products are used every day in homes, offices and institutions worldwide.

    Distributed Management Task Force
    Intel Corporation
    Intel Internet of Things Solutions Alliance
    NVM Express
    Open Compute Project
    PCI SIG
    Trusted Computing Group
    Unified Extensible Firmware Interface
    USB Implementers Forum
    Advanced Micro Devices
    Renesas
    OpenPOWER
    ARM
    Cavium ThunderX Partner
    DMTF Redfish API
    Wind River
    Applied Micro Ecosystem Partner
    SUSE® ARM Partner Program
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