SOURCE: General Software, Inc.

May 31, 2005 13:30 ET

General Software Announces Embedded BIOS® 2000 Support for the Intel Mobile 915GM Express Chipset

BELLEVUE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 31, 2005 -- General Software, Inc., the leading supplier of embedded x86 firmware solutions, today introduced a support module for the Mobile Intel 915GM Express chipset. This new support module enables new and existing users of Embedded BIOS 2000 to build differentiated products around the 915GM chipset which was developed for high performance, low power applications such as communications infrastructure, industrial box and panel PCs and in-car infotainment.

"The new price performance point of the 915GM Express chip set is enabling many new designs across multiple industry sectors. The new support module from General Software enables users of Embedded BIOS 2000 to quickly migrate to this new chip set and deploy products," said Steve Dearden, General Software's vice president of sales and marketing. "The rich feature set of this new support module gives unprecedented power to developers to create and bring highly differentiated products to market."

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 free 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 915GM Express support module includes full implementation for the chipset's important features, including all power management modes, PCI Express graphics, Intel High Definition Audio and support for DDR2 memory devices. The chipset module is fully compatible with General Software's unique Firmbase Technology and the Firmware Application Suite that enables device management functions like boot security, platform updating and high availability. The module is available for immediate shipment. Development licenses are $7500.

About Embedded BIOS® 2000

Embedded BIOS 2000 is the leading BIOS SDK for embedded x86 designs, with over 800 OEM-customizable configuration parameters, support for multiple embedded operating systems, and support for major OS and hardware initiatives. Embedded BIOS 2000 addresses the entire lifecycle of embedded products, from board bring-up, configuration prototyping, testing with system diagnostics, and product manufacturing to in-field diagnostics and software reload. Features include an integrated debugger; console redirection; highly configurable POST; manufacturing mode; ROM, RAM, and Flash file systems; support for a host of industry initiatives; and much more. Embedded BIOS 2000 supports industry-standard operating systems that run on PC-compatible hardware, including the full spectrum of Windows, Linux, and real-time operating systems.

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 the Firmware Application Suite

The Firmware Application Suite is an integrated set of prewritten applications employing Firmbase Technology that provide important device management functions. The applications include Boot Security, for ensuring device and application integrity, Platform Update Facility for manually or remotely installing new firmware, OS or user application images, and a High Availability Monitor which is capable of detecting and responding to OS and user application failures.

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

    Kate Johnsen
    General Software, Inc.
    425.576.8300 ext 229