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March 18, 2019:
NORCROSS, GEORGIA: American Megatrends International LLC (AMI), a global leader in BIOS and UEFI firmware, server and remote management tools, data storage products and more is pleased to announce its new MG9100 Universal Backplane Management (UBM) Controller, the latest addition to its family of MG9xxx Backplane Controller products.
The MG9100 UBM Backplane Controller is a low-cost, small footprint solution for enclosure management of single and dual ported NVMe SSD backplanes as well as traditional SAS/SATA backplanes through the Universal Backplane Management (UBM) protocol. A single MG9100 controller supports up to 8 drives, while a maximum of 32 drives are supported when four MG9100 controllers are cascaded together.
The MG9100 UBM Backplane Controller was designed to foster simplicity in the management of all types of server drives – SAS, SATA and NVMe - and help standardize the management of multi-protocol backplanes. It leverages the UBM protocol for backplane management with the help of two/four UBM SMBuses communicating with the UBM controller on the host, making it capable of managing hybrid backplanes with a combination of SAS, SATA and NVMe SSDs. It also features support for legacy protocols such as SGPIO (SFF-8485), BMC SMBus and Host Hot-Plug VPP or SHP SMBus as well.
The MG9100 UBM Backplane Controller comes ready to use in a space-efficient QFN-64 package with 9 mm x 9 mm pin outline, with no firmware or programming required. It supports the International Blinking Pattern Interpretation (IBPI) specification (SFF-8489), with both 2-LED and 3-LED blinking supported for up to 8 drives. Additional features include Global Activity and Global Fail Status LEDs for the backplane as well as separate LEDs for Activity, Locate and Fail states for each drive. Preloaded and downloadable custom LED blinking patterns are also available for the MG9100.
Founder, CEO and President of American Megatrends, Subramanian Shankar, commented on this news by saying, "Today's announcement of our latest MG9100 Backplane Controller represents an evolution in our backplane controller family, as a truly universal solution for hybrid server environments. We believe the MG9100 will be a key component to help streamline and simplify management of the IT infrastructure at large and provide flexibility and choice for end users as they select optimal drive configurations to meet the needs of specific workloads and other constraints."
For more information on the new MG9100 UBM Backplane Controller from American Megatrends, please visit our website at https://ami.com/en/products/ami-backplane-controllers/mg9100-controller/ or contact our sales team at 1-800-828-9264.
March 15, 2019:
NORCROSS, GEORGIA - American Megatrends, International LLC (AMI), a global leader in BIOS, BMC and remote management tools, network data storage products and more, will make a presentation on the use of capsules for firmware configuration update at the Spring 2019 UEFI Plugfest.
UEFI Forum Seminar and Plugfest events bring together experts from across the industry and introduces the latest UEFI firmware advancements several times a year. The event is an opportunity to meet with industry colleagues, test the latest platforms, devices and firmware, and take a deep dive into the newest UEFI enhancements.
The Spring 2019 event takes place from April 8 to April 12, 2019 in Bellevue, Washington, where American Megatrends will make a presentation on the use of capsules for Firmware Configuration Update. While capsules have been used by UEFI for updating device firmware for several years, UEFI version 2.8 has introduced a new feature where the firmware exposes Human Interface Infrastructure (HII) configuration information to the operating system. The operating system, or additional tools, can then in turn provide a capsule back to the firmware to update HII configuration settings. AMI’s presentation will be an overview of this new feature in UEFI v2.8 and explore real world use cases of the technology.
Additional details and online registration for the upcoming Spring 2019 UEFI Plugfest is now open for UEFI Forum members at: https://uefi.org/node/3925. Please note that this is a members-only event.
To learn more about the UEFI Forum and possible membership opportunities visit: www.uefi.org/join.
To stay up-to-date on the latest UEFI Forum event details, please visit www.uefi.org/events/upcoming.
To learn more about Aptio V UEFI Firmware from American Megatrends, please visit ami.com/products/bios-uefi-firmware/aptio-v/.
March 5, 2019:
NORCROSS, GEORGIA - American Megatrends, International LLC (AMI), a global leader in BIOS, BMC and remote management tools, network data storage products and more, is pleased to announce support for the new ThunderX2® processors from Marvell®.
The Marvell ThunderX2 product family consists of best-in-class 64-bit Arm®v8 based processors designed to accelerate adoption and deployment of Arm servers in mainstream cloud and high-performance computing datacenters by providing the next level of computing performance and ecosystem readiness.
AMI is the first and only Independent Firmware Vendor (IFV) to support the Marvell ThunderX2 family of Arm64 SOCs with its Aptio® V for Arm64 UEFI BIOS Firmware. Now, AMI is enabling the next generation of Marvell ThunderX2 platforms, with comprehensive support for the entire ThunderX2 product line.
“We are pleased to announce support for the latest ThunderX processors, as AMI believes it is important to provide both UEFI BIOS and BMC firmware for this popular line of products from Marvell for some time. It is the primary AArch64 server chipset that is being used by our customers, so AMI is committed to providing efficient delivery and maintenance of innovative, secure, and stable boot and BMC firmware for a myriad of architectures,” said Subramonian Shankar, AMI Founder, President and CEO.
For more information on Marvell ThunderX2 support in Aptio V UEFI Firmware from American Megatrends, please contact your AMI representative at 1-800-U-BUY- AMI / +1-770-246-8600 or visit ami.com.
Marvell® and ThunderX2® are registered trademarks of Marvell in the United States and certain other countries.
February 25, 2019:
NORCROSS, GEORGIA: American Megatrends International LLC (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 compliance with the recently released new version of Intel® Rack Scale Design (RSD), version 2.3.
Intel® Rack Scale Design (Intel® RSD) is an industry-wide reference architecture for disaggregated, composable infrastructure that fundamentally changes the way a data center is built, managed, and expanded over time. Intel® Rack Scale Design can reduce data center complexity and increase agility, productivity, efficiency and vendor interoperability. With Intel® RSD, hardware resources are under software control, accessible through a standard API which is aligned with DMTF Redfish® standards.
The latest Intel® RSD 2.3 architecture features support for NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF), which enables composition of nodes connected to NVM Express (NVMe) drives. RSD 2.3 also supports certain Quality of Service (QoS) parameters for allocating selected network traffic over Ethernet, a key aspect of successful NVMe-oF implementation.
Subramonian Shankar, President, CEO & Founder of American Megatrends, commented that "As a decades-long leader in BMC and server management technologies, AMI continually looks to add support into its products for the latest architecture frameworks such as Intel® Rack Scale Design, aligned to industry standards such as DMTF Redfish. We strive to pass the benefits of the interoperability and efficiency that these architectures offer to our OEM and ODM customers. OEMs and ODMs using the MegaRAC® Manageability Framework to implement RSD-compliant solutions into their products are sure to benefit from lower development costs and faster time to market thanks to AMI's compliance with the latest version of Intel® RSD. Likewise, their customers will appreciate the higher efficiency, agility and interoperability of these products."
Products from AMI which are Intel® RSD v. 2.3 compliant include MegaRAC Composer™ Pod Management Software. For more information about MegaRAC solutions featuring RSD compatibility, please see https://ami.com/en/products/remote-management/rack-scale-design-solutions/.
Intel® and Intel® Rack Scale design are registered trademarks of Intel Corporation in the US and other countries. Redfish® is a registered trademark of the DMTF.
February 21, 2019:
NORCROSS, GEORGIA - American Megatrends International LLC (AMI), a global leader in BIOS, BMC and remote management tools, network data storage products and more is pleased to announce its full support for the Redfish® 1.5 specification from the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF), in its Aptio® V UEFI BIOS Firmware and MegaRAC® SP-X BMC Remote Management Firmware - 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 components in the data center with a consistent API, and an aggressive development schedule from the DMTF partner community is successfully making strides towards that end.
Version 1.5 of the Redfish specification brings a plethora of new and useful features such as AEP DIMM Inventory, out-of-band (OOB) AEP Management and Redfish 2018.1 compliance. Its OOB AEP Management capability now allows for BIOS side actions to create/delete goals and namespaces, along with new BMC side security actions. Redfish 2018.1 compliance includes expanded CPU Inventory information on cores and threads, expanded Memory Inventory metrics information and additional varieties of boot options such as a “boot next” attribute.
For more information on Redfish support in Aptio V UEFI Firmware and MegaRAC Manageability products from American Megatrends, please contact your AMI representative at 1-800-U-BUY- AMI / +1-770-246-8600 or visit ami.com.
Redfish® is a registered trademark of the DMTF in the US and other countries.