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August 30, 2019:
NORCROSS, GEORGIA - American Megatrends (AMI), a global leader in BIOS, BMC and remote management tools and utilities, is pleased to announce that it has recently joined the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group (PICMG) as an Executive Member.
PICMG is a nonprofit consortium of over 140 companies and organizations that collaboratively develop open standards for high performance telecommunications, military, industrial, and general-purpose embedded computing applications. Equipment built to PICMG standards is used worldwide and its standards are generally available for use without restriction. Key standards families developed by PICMG include CompactPCI®, AdvancedTCA®, MicroTCA®, AdvancedMC®, CompactPCI® Serial, COM Express®, SHB Express®, and HPM (Hardware Platform Management).
COM Express is a key specification defined within PICMG, which defines Small Form Factor (SFF) and Computer on Module (COM) single board computers with a wide range of commercial applications. PICMG is working on upcoming versions of the specification with higher levels of manageability, including the addition of a Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) as a part of the design. In its role as an Executive Member, AMI will contribute its expertise in BMC firmware and remote management to help expand the manageability aspects of the COM Express specification.
“AMI is delighted to announce our participation in PICMG as an Executive Member. We look forward to contributing our knowledge, support and experience to help define and propagate the next generation of standards and specifications for embedded and modular computing,” said Sanjoy Maity, CEO of American Megatrends.
For more information on American Megatrends’ participation in PICMG, please contact AMI at 1-800-828-9264 / +1-770- 246-8600 or visit ami.com.
CompactPCI®, AdvancedTCA®, MicroTCA®, AdvancedMC®, CompactPCI® Serial, COM Express® and SHB Express® are registered trademarks of the PCI Industrial Computer Manufacturers Group in the US and other countries.
August 21, 2019:
NORCROSS, GEORGIA - American Megatrends (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.
Redfish® is a registered trademark of the DMTF in the US and other countries.
August 16, 2019:
NORCROSS, GEORGIA: American Megatrends (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.
AMD and AMD EPYC™ are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. in the United States and other countries.
July 31, 2019:
NORCROSS, GEORGIA - American Megatrends (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 (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.