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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.

vivIoT

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

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.

October 31, 2017:

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, presents NFC implementation in UEFI at the Fall 2017 UEFI Plugfest, hosted by American Megatrends, Inc. from October 30th to November 3rd, 2017.

Near Field Communication (NFC) is a technology that has made its way into various aspects of everyday life. NFC can be used for things such as Bluetooth connectivity, mobile phone payments and verified entrance into secure areas. To highlight the extended capabilities of NFC, American Megatrends addresses ways to increase NFC implementation in UEFI and outlines various use cases for NFC in UEFI.

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

October 27, 2017:

NORCROSS, GEORGIA / TAIPEI, TAIWAN: 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, will host a "Firmware and Beyond" technology roadmap event at its AMI Taiwan Branch office in Taipei on Friday, October 27, 2017. As part of the event, representatives from Microsemi Corporation will join the event to discuss the multiple areas of collaboration and joint development currently in progress between the two companies and show how the combined resources of Microsemi and AMI translate to direct regional support for customers on a truly global basis.

Recent areas of collaboration include:

  • MegaRAC® FP-X firmware and RSD components for NVMe over Fabrics solutions using Microsemi Switchtec™ PCIe switches
  • MegaRAC SP-X support of out-of-band management for Microsemi's SmartRAID and SmartHBA, HBA storage solutions
  • AMI custom FW development services and solutions for Microsemi’s FPGA family

One key area of collaboration between the two companies featured at the event is a NVMe-over-Fiber (NVMe-oF) demo. The demo combines AMI's MegaRAC FP-X fabric management firmware with Microsemi Switchtec PCIe switches. Using the industry's highest density and lowest power PCIe switch from Microsemi, this solution enables data centers to operate and scale efficiently, providing lower total cost of ownership via resource pooling while using best-in-class storage, networking and virtualization technologies available. This powerful combination of technologies from both companies provides essential building blocks for OEM and ODM customers.

ODMs and OEMs can use the same AMI MegaRAC development framework currently used for BMC firmware to create fabric solutions for Microsemi Switchtec PCIe switches. This tested combination lowers development cost and speeds time to market. Microsemi's P2P (Peer-2-Peer) memory work supported by Switchtec PCIe switches in combination with Flashtec NVRAM cards and NVMe controllers enables large data streams to move in NVMe-oF applications without CPU intervention, leading to better throughput, less latency and higher Quality of Service (QoS).

AMI and Microsemi have been collaborating on implementing support for Microsemi StorageCore within the MegaRAC SP-X development framework to provide efficient out-of-band RAID management via BMC. This enhancement to MegaRAC SP-X is planned for release as a feature pack in early 2018.

AMI continues to be an ISV partner for custom firmware solutions using Microsemi FPGAs. As the leading vendor of third party BIOS and BMC firmware globally, AMI's domain expertise complements the many use cases for FPGAs. Microsemi is a leading vendor of FPGA components to meet the wide variety of applications and workloads required for complex data center solutions.

"AMI's MegaRAC software is being widely adopted by all major data center OEMs, ODMs, and Hyperscale customers. Microsemi has collaborated with key partners such as AMI for this application as part of Microsemi’s Accelerate Ecosystem Program. By collaborating with AMI, Microsemi's storage and FPGA solutions become an integral part of the data center landscape which would lead to more design-wins," said Amr Elashmawi, Microsemi's vice president of corporate and vertical marketing.

AMI collaborates with Microsemi as part of Microsemi's Accelerate Ecosystem, which facilitates collaboration between Microsemi and leading firms in the semiconductor integrated circuit (IC), intellectual property (IP), systems, software, tools and design spaces to integrate, test and deliver pre-validated designs and system-level solutions for end customers in Microsemi's key vertical markets—aerospace and defense, data center, communications and industrial. The Accelerate Ecosystem is designed to reduce time-to-market for end customers and time-to-revenue for Microsemi and ecosystem members via technology alignment, joint marketing and sales acceleration. Learn more at https://www.microsemi.com/product-directory/4194-partners.

"We are witnessing how NVMe over Fabric is quickly supplanting traditional methods of storage access. This, combined with the ability to quickly and easily compose and decompose pooled resources increases utilization, therefore lowering TCO. As such, we are excited about the capabilities inherent in this joint solution between AMI and Microsemi for the opportunity it represents to reach a larger share of OEM and ODM customers. We warmly welcome Microsemi to our 'Firmware and Beyond' event and look forward to even greater collaboration between Microsemi and AMI for a variety of product lines in the future, beyond our current efforts in PCIe switches, RAID technology and FPGAs," said Subramonian Shankar, President, Founder and CEO of American Megatrends.

Switchtec™ is a trademark of Microsemi Corporation in the U.S. and other countries.

October 25, 2017:

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 announce support for the Block SID Physical Presence Interface specification (defined in TCG Storage Opal Integration Guidelines Version 1.00 Revision 1.00), specifically for NVMe drives, in Aptio® V UEFI BIOS firmware.

To provide more streamlined encryption capabilities to its customers, American Megatrends, Inc. (AMI) has added support for Block SID Physical Presence in its flagship Aptio® V UEFI BIOS firmware. The Trusted Computing Group’s (TCG) Block SID Authentication Feature Set was developed to enable storage device users to create trusted platforms and protect their devices from unauthorized access.

The Physical Presence Interface (PPI) specification describes the communication between the OS and BIOS firmware to manage the configuration of trusted platform modules (TPM) and/or TPM-related technologies, including Block SID. Physical Presence is a way to authorize TPM operations, requiring a physical platform operator to carry out platform operations initiated by the OS. Drives with Block SID possess encryption capabilities and are frozen to prevent a malicious program from encrypting the drive. The Block SID PPI allows the operating system to request the drive not to be frozen so that it can encrypt the drive the next time the system boots.

By providing support for Block SID physical presence for storage devices, AMI is creating more streamlined security offerings for customers. The support for Block SID allows customers to create trusted platforms that take precautionary steps to prevent their systems and storage devices from experiencing malicious attacks.

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

October 2, 2017:

NORCROSS, GEORGIA: - American Megatrends Inc. (AMI), a global leader in BIOS and UEFI firmware, BMC and remote management tools, data storage products and unique solutions based on the Linux® and Android™ operating systems, is pleased to announce its full support for the Redfish™ 1.0 specification from the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), in both its Aptio® V UEFI BIOS Firmware as well as several products within the MegaRAC® Manageability Framework - the most widely used solution in the market today.

Redfish™ is an open industry standard specification and schema designed to meet the expectations of end users for simple and secure management of modern scalable platform hardware. It is grounded in modern technologies including a RESTful interface and utilizes JSON and OData to help customers integrate solutions within their existing tool chains.

The ultimate goal of Redfish is to address all of the components in the data center with a consistent API, and an aggressive development schedule from the DMTF partner community is successfully making strides to that end.

The latest Redfish 1.0 specification in Aptio® V UEFI BIOS Firmware allows data center administrators to extend their management solutions through the adoption of BIOS, BMC and Extensible Management Architecture (EMA). The support for Redfish 1.0 has added new features that are supported by UEFI firmware, where server managers can update and configure various BIOS settings and updates for multiple servers. Many additional features of the Redfish 1.0 specification take advantage of remote, out-of-band configurations through Redfish, including firmware updates, BIOS setting changes, OS deployment, UEFI Secure Boot, TPM management and system device inventory.

In addition to its industry-leading Aptio® V UEFI BIOS Firmware, known and trusted by Tier One OEMs and ODMs around the globe, products from AMI featuring support for Redfish 1.0 include the fully-integrated MegaRAC Pooled System Management Engine (PSME) firmware solutions, which enable efficient resource management for Network, Storage and Compute hardware throughout the data center, as well as MegaRAC Composer™ Pod Management Software. For more Information about MegaRAC solutions featuring Redfish support, please see https://ami.com/en/products/remote-management/rack-scale-design-solutions/.

Subramonian Shankar, President, CEO & Founder of American Megatrends, commented that "As a leader in server management technologies for decades, AMI is always incorporating support for the latest industry standards into its products, such as the Redfish standards from DMTF. In fact, AMI goes beyond the requirements of the 1.0 specification and continues to develop new features to add value and give options to customers by added OEM-specific commands that are not specified by Redfish. Chief among these is BIOS Firmware Update, which currently is only available from AMI."

"We feel strongly that American Megatrends has positioned itself as a key supporter of these standards – and that OEMs and ODMs using the Aptio V and the MegaRAC Manageability Framework to implement Redfish technology into their products are sure to benefit from lower development costs and faster time to market. Moreover, data center end users can be confident of these new, standards-compliant products from a trusted industry leader," he added.

Redfish is a trademark of Distributed Management Task Force, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.

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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
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