SOURCE: General Software, Inc.

June 06, 2005 13:30 ET

General Software Announces Embedded BIOS® 2000 Support for the AMD Opteron™ Processor for High-End Embedded Products

BELLEVUE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 6, 2005 -- General Software, Inc., the leading supplier of embedded x86 firmware solutions, today introduced a new support module for its industry-leading Embedded BIOS® 2000 product. The new support module for the AMD Opteron™ processor enables users of Embedded BIOS® 2000 to build highly differentiated embedded x86 products. One of the markets for the AMD Opteron processor is high-end embedded systems, including medical imaging, storage appliances and carrier-grade telecom.

"It is a great boost for our development ecosystem to have General Software's Embedded BIOS 2000 with Firmbase® Technology available for our high-end embedded customers," said David Rich, director of 64-bit Embedded Markets at AMD. "General Software's firmware products have been a great solution for embedded x86 customers using the AMD Geode™ processor family. Now, that same technology is available for the higher end AMD Opteron processor-based systems, and our customers have further choice for their designs."

"Adding the AMD Opteron processor to AMD's impressive line up of embedded silicon has created new possibilities for designers of imaging, storage and high-end telecommunications equipment. General Software is pleased to support AMD's customers in these markets with Embedded BIOS 2000," said Steve Dearden, General Software's Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "The additional capabilities of our device management software based on Firmbase® Technology will make it even easier for developers of these new products to further differentiate their embedded designs."

The support module is offered as an option for Embedded BIOS 2000, the world's most configurable BIOS development kit. Licensed in source code form, developers are able to tailor the BIOS to fit the exact needs of the device they are creating, rather than being constrained by architectures more applicable to desktop PCs. The AMD Opteron support module includes full implementation for the processor's important features, including APIC mode operation and multiple CPU operation. ACPI and APM power management modes are supported and the BIOS has quick boot capability (typically 5 seconds). Reference source code for an AMD Opteron processor-based board is included with the module.

The support module is fully compatible with General Software's unique Firmbase® Technology and Firmware Application Suite, an integrated set of prewritten firmware applications employing Firmbase Technology that enable important device management functions; boot security, platform updating and high availability. The module is available for immediate shipment. Development licenses start at $7500 for existing users.

About Embedded BIOS® 2000

Embedded BIOS 2000 is the leading BIOS SDK for embedded x86 designs, with over 850 OEM-customizable configuration parameters, support for multiple embedded operating systems, and support for major OS and hardware initiatives. Features include quick boot with sub-second POST; System Management Mode (SMM); Console redirection (ANSI); up to 64 Gigabytes of RAM with quick, standard or exhaustive testing; ATA 133 (UDMA6) compatibility for advance PIO/UDMA; full multiprocessing support; API and IOAPIC support; PCI with up to 256 interrupt lines, arbitrary topologies; support for a host of industry initiatives; and much more.

About Firmbase® Technology

Firmbase Technology is General Software's patented 32-bit firmware infrastructure that contributes the surety and trust expected from firmware applications. A non-stop SMM envelope keeps firmware applications running, even when the OS and user application have failed, or are missing. Firmbase Technology is ROM-resident and provides a chain of trust from power-on to OS boot and beyond. It supplies the user-level security for the BIOS and for firmware applications which do not run under OS control. A software development kit (SDK) is available for developers to create their own device management applications in firmware.

About General Software, Inc.

General Software, Inc. provides superior embedded x86 firmware solutions and world-class support for OEM manufacturers of telecommunications, data communications, consumer electronics, dedicated servers, and other specialized computing devices. General Software's well-architected and reliable firmware products reduce risk, speed development, and address embedded OEM product lifecycle needs. For more information about General Software and its embedded firmware, visit, e-mail, or contact David Tobar at 800-850-5755 or 425-576-8300.

Contact Information

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    Kate Johnsen
    General Software, Inc.
    425.576.8300 ext. 229