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July 20, 2016:

NORCROSS, GEORGIA / CHENNAI, INDIA: - 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 a joint agreement between the Sundaram Medical Foundation (SMF), based in Chennai, India, and the India-based branch of American Megatrends, American Megatrends India, Pvt. Ltd., to conduct clinical trials of the AMI VitalsFit™ portable healthcare monitor, currently competing in the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE® competition.

The Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE is a global competition sponsored by the Qualcomm Foundation that will award $10 million to teams that develop a consumer-friendly, mobile device capable of diagnosing and interpreting a set of thirteen conditions and capturing vital health metrics. As part of the same agreement, the Sundaram Medical Foundation has also indicated its intent to act as a "knowledge partner" to support American Megatrends as it moves into the final stages of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition.

AMI VitalsFit is a stylish, accurate, portable and easy-to-use health-monitoring device that patients can use in the comfort of their own homes for real-time insight into a wide variety of vital health statistics. This groundbreaking device can be used to diagnose a set of fifteen different diseases, including Anemia, Diabetes, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis A, Atrial Fibrillation, Sleep Apnea, Pneumonia, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Ear Infection and Leukocytosis.

The team behind AMI VitalsFit has already commercialized a small device - called AMI B.O.L.T™ - which is controlled by an iOS™, Android™ or Windows® mobile app and can check blood pressure, blood oxygen level and body temperature among other vital statistics. They are now in the process of integrating other technologies into the device to meet the requirements of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE competition. The team has also developed small probes to check for anemia, ear infection, lung capacity, electrocardiogram (ECG/EKG) and electroencephalogram (EEG), all of which connect to the base device and/or mobile phone for diagnosis.

Speaking on behalf of the Sundaram Medical Foundation, Dr.Parivalavan Rajavelu, MS, DNB, FRCS, Consultant and Head of the Department of Emergency Medicine of Sundaram Medical Foundation, commented that "We are very pleased to enter into this agreement with American Megatrends to conduct the clinical trials of the AMI VitalsFit portable healthcare monitor. AMI is a highly respected company in India, and as an India-based institute, we take great pride in supporting this 'Made in India' venture as the AMI team blazes new trails as the only Indian team in this prestigious competition. We are confident that the combined medical knowledge of the SMF and the rigorous methodology behind our testing protocols will help enable the AMI team to reach the final stages of the competition, and we are very excited for this opportunity."

"American Megatrends believes strongly that devices such as AMI VitalsFit will soon become readily accessible to the general public, paving the way for patients to become active participants in the administration of their healthcare, in even closer consultation with their providers. We are delighted to have the support of the Sundaram Medical Foundation in this journey, secure in the knowledge that they share our vision and can contribute their considerable expertise to make this product even better. The final outcome of our agreement, and the trials that will result from it, will be a superior health monitoring solution that is accessible, easy-to-use and affordable, yet powerful enough to make key vital statistics and health information readily available at one's fingertips. We also feel strongly that the Sundaram Medical Foundation's clinical expertise and rigorous research protocols will greatly enhance our chances of success in this prestigious competition," said Subramonian Shankar, President and CEO of American Megatrends and Chairman of American Megatrends India Pvt. Ltd.

About AMI VitalsFit™
From just a prototype blood pressure meter to a composite and portable healthcare device, AMI VitalsFit has come a long way. The ideas behind this design have been actualized as science, developed along with the needs of the hour. The inception of AMI VitalsFit began with a prototype board designed in August 2012 - a handmade PCB designed to confirm the working principles of the components. Later, with rapid changes and rigorous rounds of component selection and testing, new features were added and this the paved way to AMI VitalsFit in its current form. Over the period of several years, the device has undergone several modifications in terms of design and functionality. As a result, it is a highly advanced design, ready to address the inefficient, expensive, and inertia-bound healthcare system. The "Team Danvantri" from American Megatrends India Pvt. Ltd., led by IT veteran Sridharan Mani, Director and CEO of AMI India, is the only team from India competing for the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE and has currently reached the round of seven remaining finalists, with the winner to be selected in early 2017.

For more information on AMI Healthcare products, please visit www.amibolt.com.

XPRIZE® is a registered trademark of XPRIZE Foundation, Inc. Android™ is a trademark of Google Inc. iOS is a trademark or registered trademark of Cisco in the U.S. and other countries and is used under license by Apple Inc. Windows® is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the US and other countries. AMI VitalsFit™ and AMI B.O.L.T™ are trademarks of American Megatrends, Inc. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners in the US and other countries.

June 29, 2016:

NORCROSS, GA: American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI), a global leader in BIOS, remote management tools, network data storage products and unique solutions based on the Linux® and Android™ operating systems, is pleased to announce that Carpenter Industries in Concord, North Carolina has elected to switch from storage solutions from Dell to the StorTrends® brand from AMI for its primary storage needs and to deploy VDI, ERP and other applications.

After experiencing high latency and dealing with a failed controller on the unit and a limited service plan, Carpenter Industries IT Manager Donovan Yelton made the decision to switch to StorTrends. His decision was based primarily on American Megatrends’ reputation and longevity, as well as the great features and support that come standard with StorTrends. “We immediately saw latency decrease, thanks to the SSD caching ability of the StorTrends unit,” said Yelton.

“For organizations like Carpenter Industries, StorTrends high-performance storage delivers the exceptional performance and functionality necessary to optimize resources, boost productivity, and ensure data protection,” said Justin Bagby, Director of the StorTrends division of American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI). “What’s more, StorTrends provides the flexibility to grow any organization’s storage environment as needed, with the high capacity that will meet business and budget requirements well into the future—whether those call for all-flash, hybrid flash, or spinning disk.”

For further details on Carpenter Industries’ StorTrends deployment, please see the complete case study, which can be found at: stortrends.com/resources/customer-stories/.

About Carpenter Industries:
Carpenter Industries manufactures, warehouses and retails Ford licensed products. For more information on Carpenter Industries, please visit: dennis-carpenter.com.

About StorTrends:
StorTrends® from American Megatrends is Performance Storage with Proven Value. StorTrends SAN and NAS storage appliances are installed worldwide and trusted by companies and institutions in a wide range of industries including education, energy, finance, state and local government, healthcare, manufacturing, marketing, retail, R&D and many more. StorTrends meets the challenges and demands of today's business environments by offering a wide variety of solutions from all-flash storage, hybrid storage to spinning disk solutions. StorTrends is backed by 1,100+ customer installations, 100+ storage patents and nearly 30 years of IT leadership from a company that millions of people trust on a daily basis, American Megatrends, Inc. For more information, please visit: stortrends.com.

StorTrends and StorTrends iDATA are registered trademarks of American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI). All other product and company names are trademarks of their respective owners.

May 31, 2016:

NORCROSS, GEORGIA/HSINCHU, TAIWAN - American Megatrends Inc. (AMI), in collaboration with Realtek Semiconductor, an AMI Technology Partner, is pleased to introduce RealManage™ 2.0, the industry's first WiFi® DASH Solution.

Since its inception, AMI has been a consistent leader in the technology industry, with a diverse range of products spanning BIOS and UEFI firmware, server and remote management tools, data storage products and unique solutions based on the Linux® and Android™ operating systems.

Notably, AMI was the first BIOS vendor to support USB in the BIOS, first to create a GUI BIOS interface with mouse support, first to integrate diagnostics, and first to support ACPI with AMIBIOS®. Now, AMI extends its history of innovation and industry firsts in developing RealManage 2.0, a WiFi DASH solution integrated with the RTL8111FP-CG NIC controller chip from Realtek.

DASH (Desktop and mobile Architecture for System Hardware) is a client management standard released by the DMTF (Distributed Management Task Force) and is a web services-based standard for secure out-of-band and remote management of desktops and mobile systems. Realtek has long been an Ethernet NIC market leader and with the RTL8111FP-based next-generation DASH remote management solution called RealManage 2.0, Realtek aims to keep its market position and remain a force for technology innovation.

"With the rising popularity of the GUI BIOS, enterprise customers required out-of-band KVM (Keyboard, Video, and Mouse) functions beyond the standard 'Text Console Redirection' feature. Realtek's RealManage 2.0 is our answer; a powerful DASH solution that supports Wi-Fi and Ethernet DASH, and is compliant with a GUI BIOS," said Realtek's Vice President and Spokesman, Yee-Wei Huang. "It brings a whole new application methodology and experience to commercial customers, providing a wealth of data and tools for remote out-of-band client management tasks."

"The DASH (Desktop and Mobile Architecture for System Hardware) standard is a web services-based management technology that enables IT professionals to remotely manage desktop and mobile PCs from anywhere, and it is fast entering the enterprise of features required by system vendors. As a technology leader, AMI is keenly aware of its responsibility to support the latest industry standards," said Subramonian Shankar, President, CEO and Founder of American Megatrends, Inc.

"AMI has always been committed to being the first to deliver on this promise in the form of high-quality solutions for our customers. AMI's support for WiFi DASH in RealManage 2.0, the industry's first WiFi DASH solution gives manufacturers confidence in knowing that the products they are delivering today will be fully standards-compliant as adoption of WiFi connection becomes more widespread," he added. "Providing first access to key new technologies is one of the primary components for maintaining strong, long-term partnerships with our enterprise customers."

Wi-Fi®, the Wi-Fi logo, the Wi-Fi CERTIFIED logo, Wi-Fi Protected Access® (WPA), WiGig®, the Wi-Fi Protected Setup logo, Wi-Fi Direct®, Wi-Fi Alliance®, WMM®, and Miracast® are registered trademarks of Wi-Fi Alliance. All other trademarks and registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About Realtek
Realtek Semiconductor Corp. is one of the world’s leading IC providers. Realtek designs and develops a wide range of IC products for communications network, computer peripheral and multimedia applications. Products include 10/100/1000M Ethernet Controllers/PHYs, 10/100/1000M Ethernet Switch Controllers/Media Converter Controllers/Gateway Controllers, Wireless LAN Controllers & AP/Router SoCs, DSL Chips, VoIP Solutions, AC'97/High Definition Audio Codecs, Clock Generators, Card Reader Controllers, Web Camera Controllers, LCD Monitor/ATV/DTV Controllers, and Digital Media Processors. With advanced design expertise in RF, analog, and mixed signal circuits, and with strong manufacturing and system knowledge, Realtek offers full-featured, high-performance, and competitive total solutions. More information on Realtek can be found on its web site at www.realtek.com.

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/.

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    DMTF Redfish API
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    Applied Micro Ecosystem Partner
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