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About American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI)


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.

Design

With over 80% of global staff in engineering roles, AMI brings depth and flexibility to its customers as they design and build the world's most innovative products.

Deploy

AMI's expertise, tools and utilities help speed the design and development process, allowing customers to reduce their time-to-market (TTM) and development costs.

Support

AMI's global reach means support for customers in their local regions and languages around the clock, for increased productivity and faster deployment.

The American Megatrends Brand Family


Industry-leading products born from AMI technology and innovation

StorTrends

Network Data Storage

Performance Storage. Proven Value.

StorTrends offers enterprise-class Hybrid and All-Flash Storage at a price that is appealing to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

MegaRAC

Remote/BMC Management

Complete, Scalable Management Tools

Remote/resource management that is hyper-scalable, based on industry standards like IPMI, Redfish™ and Intel® Rack Scale Design

Aptio V

UEFI BIOS Firmware

Next Generation UEFI BIOS Firmware

Full support for the latest UEFI specifications and the security, fast boot and touch support that today's platforms require.

AMIDuOS

Android™ for Windows®

Dual OS Environment for Windows®

A revolutionary product that brings the functionality, depth and fun of the Android experience to Windows 7/8/10 devices.

SnapVDI

VDI Solutions

Complete, Scalable, Secure VDI Solution

A robust, "Ready-to-Deploy" solution that makes implementing VDI quick and simple and scales from 25 users up to thousands.

IoTbrix

IoT Firmware Development

Cloud-Based IoT Development Environment

A powerful yet easy-to-use tool for creating IoT dream products, from prototype to production.

AMI Vitals Fit

Health Monitoring Kit

Monitor Health Anywhere, Anytime

Team finalist in the Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize Competition; to learn more, visit amibolt.com/vitalsfit

BOLT Health Monitor

Portable Health Tracker

One-Touch Health Tracker

Cloud-enabled, wireless health tracking device makes it easy for patients to take a more active role in their own health and wellness: amibolt.com

PRESS RELEASES

January 12, 2018:

NORCROSS, GEORGIA, USA - 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, today released a statement in response to recent news of the security vulnerabilities known as Meltdown and Spectre.

In short, American Megatrends would like to reassure its valued partners, OEM and ODM customers and end users of AMI products that it continues to closely monitor the details of both the Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities as they emerge. Naturally, AMI exercises the utmost vigilance with respect to security vulnerabilities and makes every effort to be proactive about security advisories from the moment details are disclosed.

Most importantly, AMI is pleased to state that we have reviewed these security issues in detail and determined that Aptio®, our flagship UEFI BIOS Firmware, is not affected or compromised by either of these vulnerabilities in any way. AMI recommends that systems vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities apply all appropriate operating system security patches, which can be obtained directly from the operating system vendor.

However, American Megatrends would also like to point out that for certain Intel® based products, mitigation of the Spectre CPU security vulnerability involves the application of a CPU microcode patch from Intel Corporation, along with any security patches obtained from the operating system vendor. Interested parties can rest assured that AMI is working closely with Intel to obtain all relevant CPU microcode patch updates. As a matter of course, AMI will provide these Intel CPU microcode patch updates to AMI OEM and ODM customers as soon as they become available from Intel.

Subramonian Shankar, President, Founder and CEO of American Megatrends, offered the following comments on the company’s recent activities and stance regarding these two security issues:

“Over the years, AMI has come up with what we believe to be a robust security framework, which allows us to keep tabs on the security vulnerabilities that are relevant to AMI products, so we can take immediate action. AMI has been working on various mechanisms to simplify this entire process of creating and applying security fixes and patches to mitigate vulnerabilities. Additionally, we work closely with key industry partners on fixes, which AMI then distributes to our customers. Keeping in close coordination with our partners also makes it easy for AMI customers to apply the fixes that we have developed.

“From our perspective, we don’t see the threat of security issues like Meltdown and Spectre going away in the future. Therefore, it is imperative that we work closely with Intel, AMD, Arm®-based silicon providers and others to continue to address them. We see ourselves as a partner with silicon manufacturers in many technical and strategic initiatives over the course of many years and we will continue to do so, to address security vulnerabilities in a timely, coordinated and effective manner.

As such, it is important to AMI to continue working closely with all silicon providers on this issue now and in the future. From our perspective, this incident shows the complexity of the security paradigm in our industry, which requires the industry to work in close cooperation so that we can address these security issues collectively with the best possible response.”

American Megatrends will continue to monitor the security situation around Meltdown and Spectre closely as it evolves and make the public, as well as our valued partners, OEM and ODM customers and end users of AMI products, aware of any additional details that may emerge.

Intel® is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation in the US and other countries. Arm is a registered trademark of Arm Limited (or its subsidiaries) in the US and/or elsewhere.

December 20, 2017:

NORCROSS, GA (December 20, 2017) – StorTrends®, the leading provider of performance storage, to host a virtual webinar. During the live presentation, accompanied by complimentary pizza delivered to attendees’ home or office, CIOs, IT Managers and Storage Administrators will learn the differences and benefits for the selection and deployment of all-flash (AFA) and cloud-based storage arrays across their physical, virtual and cloud environments. A recorded version of the event will be available on the StorTrends YouTube channel after the event concludes.

The details:

Date: January 11, 2018
Register here: https://stortrends.com/lunch-n-learn/virtual/
Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/user/StorTrendsTV/


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 key network storage functionality such as unified storage, simplified management, business continuity, Disaster Recovery, high efficiency and virtualization support.

December 19, 2017:

NORCROSS, GEORGIA / ALISO VIEJO, CALIFORNIA, USA - Microsemi Corporation, a leading provider of semiconductor solutions differentiated by power, security, reliability and performance; and 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; today announced their collaboration on the development of an NVM Express over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) reference architecture solution. The innovative new solution incorporates AMI's MegaRAC® FP-X Fabric Management Firmware technology with Microsemi's Switchtec™ PCIe switches on an Intel® Rack Scale Design (Intel® RSD) reference architecture.

Intel RSD caters to the specific needs of data center operators, with the ability to efficiently scale and lower operational costs via resource pooling and leverage best-in-class storage, networking and virtualization technologies. With resource pooling a key benefit of the Intel RSD architecture, Microsemi provides the fabric interconnect infrastructure with its high density, low power PCIe switches. The combination of technologies from these three companies provides essential building blocks for original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and original design manufacturer (ODM) customers in the hyperscale data center and enterprise markets.

"As Intel RSD and AMI's MegaRAC software are widely adopted by major data center OEM, ODM and hyperscale customers, we are pleased our innovative Switchtec PCIe switches are an integral part of the RSD ecosystem," said Pete Hazen, vice president and business unit manager of storage solutions at Microsemi. "Collaborating with AMI and Intel as part of Microsemi's Accelerate Ecosystem Program supports our goal to deliver leading-edge, turnkey solutions for data center customers worldwide."

The Intel RSD implementation can utilize NVMe-oF to manage pooled storage for increased performance and efficiency, including higher resource utilization and lower total cost of operation. Administrators can compose systems from pools of storage tiers to deliver workload-optimized systems for their end users. For example, an intensive input/output (I/O) workload such as Somatic MUtation FINder (SMuFin) running on multiple servers attached with individual local NVMe storage can now complete the same operation in the same running time on the RSD implementation with a disaggregated NVMe storage model. This can lower storage hardware costs by up to two-thirds. In addition to the key benefits of improved performance and resource utilization, the combined resources of Microsemi and AMI translate to direct regional support for customers on a global basis.

"Microsemi and AMI continue to be valuable collaborators in bringing OEM solutions based on Intel RSD to market," said Figen Ulgen, general manager of Intel Rack Scale Design. "This latest collaboration on NVMe over Fabrics with Intel RSD will offer data center operators even greater business agility and efficiency."

OEMs and ODMs can leverage the benefits of combining the AMI MegaRAC development framework with the enhancements from Intel RSD and Microsemi's Switchtec PCIe switches to lower development costs and speed time to market. Microsemi's dynamic switch partitioning technology, supported by Switchtec PCIe switches in combination with its Flashtec™ non-volatile random-access memory (NVRAM) cards and NVMe controllers, enables rapid deployment of NVMe-oF solutions, while significantly offloading central processing unit (CPU) utilization and practically eliminating system double date rate (DDR) bandwidth requirements. This leads to better overall throughput, latency and quality of service (QoS). According to G2M Research's "NVMe Ecosystem Market Sizing Report," the NVMe market will be more than $60 billion by 2021.

"We are witnessing how NVMe-oF is quickly supplanting traditional methods of storage access. This, combined with the ability to quickly and easily compose and decompose pooled resources via Intel RSD, increases utilization therefore lowering total cost of operation," said Subramonian Shankar, president, founder and CEO of American Megatrends. "As such, we are excited about the capabilities inherent in this combined AMI, Intel and Microsemi solution for the opportunity it represents to better serve new and existing OEM and ODM customers. We also look forward to even greater collaboration between Microsemi and AMI for a variety of product lines including PCIe switches, RAID technology and field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs)."

NVMe-oF solutions are ideally suited for the hyperscale data center and enterprise markets for NVMe storage pooling applications. The device will also be targeted at applications including extending pooling to other end points, such as FPGAs and general-purpose graphics processing units (GPGPUs).

Product Availability
The jointly developed NVMe-oF solution is available now through AMI and its distribution channels. For more information, visit https://ami.com/en/products/remote-management/fabric-management/.

Somatic MUtation FINder (SMuFin) workload provided under license by Barcelona Supercomputing Center.

November 29, 2017:

NORCROSS, GA (November 29, 2017) – StorTrends®, the leading provider of performance storage, to host a virtual webinar. During the live presentation, accompanied by complimentary pizza delivered to attendees’ home or office, CIOs, IT Managers and Storage Administrators will learn the differences and benefits for the selection and deployment of all-flash (AFA) and cloud-based storage arrays across their physical, virtual and cloud environments. A recorded version of the event will be available on the StorTrends YouTube channel after the event concludes.

The details:

Date: November 30, 2017
Register here: https://stortrends.com/lunch-n-learn/virtual/
Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/user/StorTrendsTV/


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 key network storage functionality such as unified storage, simplified management, business continuity, Disaster Recovery, high efficiency and virtualization support.

November 8, 2017:

NORCROSS, GEORGIA / SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA, USA - 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 announce its support for Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies, Inc. as the company launches its new 48-core Qualcomm Centriq™ 2400 server processor based on 64-bit Armv8-A architecture.

In support of Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies, AMI has developed custom Aptio® V UEFI BIOS Firmware and MegaRAC® SP-X Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) firmware that leverages the unique "built for the cloud" architecture and capabilities of the new Arm-based Qualcomm Centriq 2400 server processor. For several years, AMI has been active in the development of UEFI and BMC management firmware for Arm-based platforms, with support for all major Arm64 client, server and micro-server platforms from leading providers including Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies.

The Qualcomm Centriq 2400 is based on a custom Armv8 processor design with up to 48 cores with greater than 2GHz performance per core. It is targeted at virtualized environments in cloud datacenters, with an emphasis on scalability, optimal throughput performance and efficiency for today’s multi-threaded cloud workloads.

"Today marks an exciting day for us as we launch the Qualcomm Centriq 2400. Collaborating with AMI from the early days of our product development has helped to create the industry’s leading-edge Arm-based server platform for our customers to consume effortlessly," said Ram Peddibhotla, vice president, product management, Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies. "The custom Aptio UEFI Firmware and MegaRAC SP-X BMC Management Firmware that AMI developed for the Qualcomm Centriq 2400 platform takes full advantage of the chip’s unique architecture, allowing us to efficiently support customer designs."

"We have observed with great confidence over recent years how Arm-based server platforms would continue to evolve and be adopted by the industry. AMI took steps early on to ensure that we would have a firm foothold in this space. Today, we are extremely proud of the fact that AMI is the only independent software vendor (ISV) that supports all major Arm64-based platforms with our UEFI and BMC solutions," said Subramonian Shankar, President, Founder and CEO of American Megatrends. "It has been a great honor to work with the well-respected Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies team in support of today’s launch and we look forward to many more years of collaboration as we meet the needs of our OXM and hyperscale datacenter customers."

Qualcomm Centriq is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated. Qualcomm Centriq is a product of Qualcomm Datacenter Technologies, Inc.

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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
Open Data Center Committee
Qualcomm Incorporated
Microsemi
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