Industry-leading firmware products born from AMI technology and innovation
January 18, 2019:
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 pleased to introduce the latest version of its MegaRAC® FP-X™ Fabric Management Firmware Solution.
MegaRAC FP-X Fabric Management Firmware is a powerful firmware / software stack that combines complete fabric management functionality with that of a baseboard management controller (BMC). This allows MegaRAC FP-X to provide robust management capabilities and a deep layer of insight to key elements of the data center fabric, including compute, network, storage and infrastructure components.
These capabilities enable simple remote management of BMC and drive firmware configuration and updates, oversight of fabric health and activity, error prediction, troubleshooting and much more. MegaRAC FP-X also improves fault tolerance and resilience of the data center infrastructure while reducing the need for redundant components, lowering expenses.
MegaRAC FP-X includes all of the key BMC management tasks as defined by IPMI 2.0, Serial over LAN (SOL) and complete out-of-band (OOB) connectivity. Its advanced component management framework supports PCIe switch-based management, NVMe, RAID, SAS and other industry-standard drivers through its Component Manager API. For remote access to fabric management tasks, MegaRAC FP-X features a secure embedded web server and UI, along with Secure-Shell (SSH)-based SOL as well as standard IPMI-based SOL.
MegaRAC FP-X is based on the proven, highly stable and widely-used MegaRAC® SP-X™ Service Processor remote management solution, sharing the same code base. Like SP-X, FP-X firmware provides a high level of modularity, with the ability to easily configure the complete stack by selecting available features in package form. OEM-level modifications are made using MegaRAC Development Studio (MDS), an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for server management with the power to customize, build and debug all at once. Additionally, MegaRAC FP-X support is available on all of the advanced System-On-Chip (SoC) devices from leading manufacturers.
Founder, CEO and President of American Megatrends, Subramanian Shankar, commented that "We are extremely excited to introduce our MegaRAC FP-X Fabric Management Firmware, a groundbreaking solution that will enable all infrastructure components, including compute, network, storage and infrastructure assets, to operate as a resilient and fault-tolerant system at a lower total cost of operation (TCO). For AMI, MegaRAC FP-X represents the convergence of our many years of expertise and leadership in BMC, server and remote management firmware, and underscores our commitment to expanding our lineup of products that support the data center and cloud infrastructure environments."
For more information on MegaRAC FP-X Fabric Management Firmware, please contact our Sales team via the "Request Info" button on our website at https://ami.com/en/products/remote-management/fabric-management/, or call us at 1-800-828-9264.
December 28, 2018:
NORCROSS, GEORGIA - American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI), a global leader in BIOS, BMC and remote management tools, network data storage products and more, is pleased to announce support for USB Power Delivery (PD), USB Type-C™ and eSPI bus in AMI embedded controller (EC) firmware, called AMI EC.
EC firmware has steadily evolved from the keyboard controller of the last millennia to what it is today. Along the way, it’s kept many of its legacy components, which include old-fashioned communication methods such as communicating through the low pin count (LPC) bus. At the same time, it’s picked up added features such as LED status indicators and added button controls.
As the industry moves away from legacy components and buses due to increased security requirements and the need for improved performance, both in speed and efficiency, silicon vendors are transitioning away from the LPC bus to the newer eSPI bus. This offers ODMs and OEMs the opportunity to not only switch to the eSPI bus, but to switch to a more modern EC firmware implementation from AMI. AMI’s eSPI-compatible EC firmware solution is ready to help them during this transition. AMI EC features full eSPI functionality, USB Type-C support, USB PD and improved power management.
OEM and ODM customers who have developed extensive BIOS porting and development skills using Visual eBIOS (VeB), the advanced graphical environment for firmware development in Aptio® V, AMI's flagship UEFI BIOS offering, will be happy to know that in switching to AMI EC, these same skills can be transferred to their EC development efforts.
For a complete list of supported EC chips and for more information on how to get started with general licensing, access, porting and development with AMI EC firmware, please contact your AMI representative at 1-800-U-BUY- AMI / +1-770-246-8600 or visit ami.com.USB Type-C™ is a trademark of USB or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries.
December 18, 2018:
NORCROSS, GEORGIA - 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 our participation in Linux Vendor Firmware Service (LVFS).
LVFS provides resources and support for helping vendors package their firmware updates to support the use of this framework, and serves as an online repository for distributing these updates. LVFS also allows major Linux distributions to provide metadata to clients such as fwupdmgr and GNOME software.
American Megatrends is now offering compatibility for updating our firmware using LVFS and assisting our valued customers on how to deploy firmware updates through LVFS.
For more information on LVFS support from American Megatrends, please contact your AMI representative at 1-800-U-BUY- AMI or visit ami.com.
November 30, 2018:
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, attended and co-sponsored the recent Fall 2018 UEFI Plugfest, held in Taipei, Taiwan from October 15-19, 2018.
The Fall 2018 UEFI Seminar and Plugfest brings together leading experts and introduces the latest UEFI firmware advancements. The event is an opportunity to meet with industry colleagues, test the latest platforms, devices and firmware, as well as learn about the newest UEFI enhancements. To see more on the Fall 2018 UEFI Plugfest, please visit http://uefi.org/learning_center/presentationsandvideos/
American Megatrends presented a track during the event, which focused on Advanced Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Usage. TPMs, introduced by the Trusted Computing Group, have been an integral part of platform security for more than 10 years, evolving over the years through several technology updates. However, from a firmware perspective, many of the security-based capabilities of TPMs have been somewhat overlooked. AMI’s presentation covered TPM usage from a generic standpoint for firmware, along with the latest applications of TPMs including TPM usage on x86 and Arm®-based architectures, innovative solutions based on TPM usage, and updates on industry requirements.
The Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) Forum is a non-profit industry standards body responsible for developing, managing and promoting UEFI specifications. To learn more about the UEFI Forum and future UEFI Plugfest events, please visit http://uefi.org/.
To learn more about Aptio V UEFI Firmware from American Megatrends, please visit https://ami.com/products/bios-uefi-firmware/aptio-v/.