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August 21, 2019:
NORCROSS, GEORGIA - American Megatrends, International LLC (AMI), a global leader in BIOS, BMC and remote management tools and utilities, is pleased to announce that its flagship Aptio® V UEFI Firmware is now compliant with version 2.8 of the UEFI Specification as well as version 1.7 of the UEFI Platform Initialization (PI) Specification.
Implementation of version 2.8 of the UEFI Specification brings a host of improvements and new features to Aptio V UEFI firmware, including the UEFI RestEx protocol, the Redfish® Discover protocol, and Configuration Capsule support.
Improvements brought with version 1.7 of the UEFI Platform Initialization Specification include automatic migration of Pre-EFI Initialization (PEI) modules from temporary to permanent memory, support for PEI Core residing in a Firmware Volume (FV) other than the Boot FV and a new service to support timed callbacks in PEI.
“As a leader in BIOS/UEFI firmware and long-standing member of the UEFI Forum, AMI places great importance on compliance with the latest industry standards and specifications to better serve our valued customers and partners,” said Sanjoy Maity, CEO of American Megatrends.
“Aptio V, our flagship UEFI firmware, has always been developed according to the latest UEFI specifications. The added support for the most recent versions of the UEFI and Platform Initialization Specifications enables manufacturers to enhance select platforms based on the most recent innovations in UEFI firmware,” he added.
For more information on the UEFI Specification version 2.8, the UEFI Platform Initialization Specification version 1.7 or the UEFI Forum, visit https://uefi.org/specifications.
For more information on UEFI 2.8 and PI 1.7 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.
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August 16, 2019:
NORCROSS, GEORGIA: American Megatrends International LLC (AMI), a global leader in BIOS, BMC and remote management tools and utilities, is pleased to announce BIOS support for the second generation of the AMD EPYC™ server processor, as its Aptio® V UEFI firmware was selected as the shipping reference BIOS for the recently released AMD EPYC™ 7002 Series.
This announcement continues the tradition of AMI providing reference BIOS support for the AMD EPYC™ platform, as AMI was previously selected as the shipping reference BIOS provider for the original AMD EPYC™ 7000 Series server processors and platforms.
The new, second-generation AMD EPYC™ 7002 processors will feature up to 64 cores, utilizing the "Zen 2" architecture to deliver high performance while reducing total cost of ownership by up to 50% across numerous workloads. For more information on the second generation of the AMD EPYC™ server processor series, please visit https://www.amd.com/en/processors/epyc-7002-series.
"AMI is honored to once again be selected by AMD as the reference BIOS provider for its next generation AMD EPYC™ processors and platforms with our flagship Aptio V UEFI firmware," commented Sanjoy Maity, CEO of American Megatrends.
"AMI has worked closely with AMD, along with its OEMs and ODMs, to help test and debug its systems during the power-on phase. Close collaboration between all stakeholders during this critical phase was instrumental in creating a powerful, robust and stable data center platform. The selection of AMI as the reference BIOS provider with Aptio V also ensures that the familiarity and trust developers and users have built while working with our firmware and tools continues uninterrupted," he added.
For more information on 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.
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July 31, 2019:
NORCROSS, GEORGIA - American Megatrends International LLC (AMI), a global leader in BIOS and UEFI firmware, BMC and server management firmware solutions, backplane control chips and much more, presented at the recent “The Role of Redfish in UEFI Forum Specifications” Webinar held earlier this month. The webinar was jointly hosted by the UEFI Forum and DMTF. AMI was invited to participate and offer its unique view on the topic from an Independent Firmware Vendor (IFV) perspective.
During the webinar, the UEFI Forum presented on this topic from the platform initialization and bootstrap point of view, as one of its key objectives is to promote a standardized interface that simplifies and secures platform initialization and firmware bootstrap operations. Likewise, DMTF provided an overview of the Redfish® standard, implementation challenges and how Redfish and UEFI firmware interact with each other in the greater firmware ecosystem. The Redfish® specification from the DMTF standards group is a standardized management API for delivery and secure management for converged, hybrid IT and the Software Defined Data Center.
“The stated purpose of the webinar was to elaborate on the relationship between platform and management firmware from different industry perspectives. Because AMI has a unique role as a provider of both UEFI BIOS firmware and BMC firmware, it holds a special vantage point from which it can describe this relationship from the IFV perspective. As a long-standing supporter of both the UEFI Forum and DMTF, we at AMI are very pleased to have been invited to participate in this jointly sponsored event to deliver our insight,” commented Sanjoy Maity, CEO of American Megatrends.
The recent UEFI Forum Webinar can be viewed here.
Redfish® is a registered trademark of the DMTF in the US and other countries.
July 18, 2019:
NORCROSS, GEORGIA - American Megatrends International LLC (AMI), a global leader in BIOS and BMC firmware, remote management tools and utilities, is pleased to announce the latest round of enhancements and new features for Remote BIOS.
Remote BIOS is a comprehensive management solution for systems without an onboard BMC which uses the in-band network to perform key administrative tasks during pre-boot, including firmware configuration and cloning, firmware update, remote diagnostics, detailed system inventory and reports. Building on this core group of capabilities, the latest set of enhancements to AMI Remote BIOS add server user interface (UI) improvements, along with Remote Console and OS deployment capabilities.
Enhancements to the server UI come directly from feedback provided by AMI Remote BIOS users, combining the same innovative features already available in AMI Remote BIOS with an improved user interface for increased performance and usability. The new Remote Console feature allows users to view post codes and provides remote access to BIOS Setup without the need for an onboard BMC. This translates to even greater remote control over a UEFI client system when in Setup or UEFI Shell. Finally, the new OS deployment capability gives users the ability to remotely perform unattended installation of Linux® or Windows® based operating systems.
“We developed our AMI Remote BIOS solution to provide many of the pre-boot and remote management capabilities typically available to systems with an onboard BMC via our MegaRAC® and Aptio® V firmware products. Because AMI Remote BIOS is targeted at any BMC-less system requiring remote management, this product is eminently suitable for an incredibly wide number of different compute systems across a very diverse range of vertical markets. Our latest enhancements now make AMI Remote BIOS an even more powerful and attractive solution for many types of applications,” said Sanjoy Maity, CEO of American Megatrends.
For more information on AMI Remote BIOS, please contact your AMI representative at 1-800-U-BUY- AMI / +1-770- 246-8600 or visit ami.com.Windows® is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the US and other countries. Linux® is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.
June 3, 2019:
NORCROSS, GEORGIA: - American Megatrends International LLC (AMI), a global leader in BIOS and UEFI firmware, BMC and server management firmware solutions, backplane control chips and much more, is pleased to announce support for BIOS passwords to be stored in the TPM NVRAM via new Aptio® V UEFI Firmware eModule.
System security is typically considered in terms of layers of security. Most end-users have a password or PIN to gain access into their operating system. This is considered the most basic form of system protection. However, this type of protection does not stop a malicious user from booting the system using another operating system loaded onto an external storage device such as a USB drive.
BIOS passwords offer a stronger layer of system protection; having a BIOS password along with a proper Boot Order setting offers superior protection as it can raise the barrier against a malicious user from booting the system from external storage devices. This does not, however, stop a bad actor from physically opening the system and resetting the BIOS to its default settings. If the BIOS password is disabled by default, then the system can be infiltrated.
As more individuals begin to experiment with defeating BIOS passwords, the traditional method of storing the BIOS password weakens. BIOS passwords are not stored in plain text; they are hashed and stored in system NVRAM. This method is easy for system manufacturers to implement and offers a good level of security because passwords are not saved in the clear. Yet anyone can read system NVRAM - and an attacker can easily employ a Dictionary Attack, which is simply attempting to guess the password until a match is found.
AMI raises the bar higher with a drastically different approach not traditionally seen when it comes to BIOS password integrity. AMI has invested two years in developing and testing the storage of the BIOS password in the NVRAM of the TPM. The TPM has an inherent characteristic that counters attempts to gain access to its NVRAM, so that a malicious user cannot search NVRAM for the BIOS password hash. Continuous reading of TPM NVRAM with the wrong password will trigger a dictionary attack defense mechanism that will intentionally and steadily slow down an attack.
As an added benefit of storing BIOS passwords in the TPM NVRAM, BIOS passwords are preserved even after a BIOS firmware flash and hardware reset is performed. A USB recovery key can be created during password creation that can be used to recover system if password is lost or forgotten.
AMI will begin offering this method of storing BIOS passwords immediately with the introduction of a new BIOS eModule called TpmPassword. Please contact your AMI sales representative for more information on the prerequisites and how to license it for Intel®, AMD and Arm®-based platforms.
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