January 23, 2007 14:53 ET

American Megatrends AMIBIOS8 System Software Supports Vista Technologies

ATLANTA, GA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 23, 2007 -- American Megatrends announces that its AMIBIOS8 system software fully supports Microsoft Vista requirements for a variety of Vista-ready chipsets and components.

The advancements in upcoming Windows Vista will bring end-users visual and sound quality previously unseen in PC systems, as well as consistent improvements in system security and reliability. Vista's achievements require support for a series of system initialization and management technologies that must be enabled by BIOS at startup. Hardware products and components and the relative firmware drivers supporting those requirements will qualify for Vista Basic or Premium Logo if they satisfy a battery of tests available at Microsoft WHQL laboratory website.

"AMI is ready for Microsoft's upcoming Vista operating system. PCs operating this system coupled with our AMIBIOS8 or Aptio firmware, or any of our storage products, will see an enhanced user experience at a new level. Vista offers a breakthrough in terms of system security, reliability and resiliency to viruses and external attacks. We feel that AMI has taken the lead in preparation of the release of Vista," said S.Shankar, AMI's founder and CEO.

AMIBIOS8's latest version has successfully passed the applicable tests harnessed by Microsoft's Device Testing Manager.

--  System resumes from ACPI S3 state in two seconds
--  TPM 1.2 support will enhance system security with support for
    encrypted authentication.
--  Bitlocker technology will allow the recovery of data and applications
    in the case of system damage caused by external attacks or user error.
--  ACPI 2.0b and ACPI 3.0 support
--  PCI Local Bus Specification 2.3 and PCI 3.0 support
--  Support for System Lock Preinstall (SLP) 2.0, used to activate OEM
    platforms to Vista
--  SMBIOS OEM Type 11 to update ACPI_SLIC table
AMIBIOS8 supports a variety of Vista-ready chipsets, such as AMD's ATI Radeon™ Xpress 1100, NVIDIA NFORCE 500 Series MCPs, Intel Q965, SiS 671 and 771 and VIA K8M890.

About AMI

Founded in 1985, American Megatrends Inc. (AMI), best known for AMIBIOS, supplies state-of-the-art hardware, software and utilities to today's high-tech manufacturers. AMI, focused on IP Storage Area Networks (IP-SAN), Network Attached Storage (NAS) and Storage Management, also offers remote server management, KVM over IP, IPMI 2.0 firmware and high-density motherboards. AMI is a member of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and an Associate Member with the Intel® Communications Alliance, a community of communications and embedded developers and solution providers. Headquartered in Atlanta, AMI has locations in the U.S., China, Germany, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan to better serve its customers.

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