American Predator Selects Embedded BIOS for Newest Industrial Controllers

11/18/2002 - General Software announced that American Predator has licensed Embedded BIOSTM for its newest industrial motherboard projects.

The Intel Pentium 4-based designs -- the Phoenix ATX-ETM and the Phoenix ATX-GTM -- meet a diverse range of embedded computing requirements across a wide spectrum of device categories, including medical, networking, security, and factory automation. They serve vertical market segments ranging from the pharmaceutical and semiconductor industries to printing, test and measurement, textile manufacturing, and industrial robotics.

Scheduled to ship later this month, the Phoenix ATX-E utilizes the Intel 845PE chipset, delivering maximum processing power, latest USB standard, and scalable performance. The Phoenix ATX-G uses the Intel 845GE chipset for powerful, built-in graphics.

"General Software’s BIOS structure allows American Predator to provide our customers with superior custom services," commented Ed Trevis, APC’s President and CEO. "Their Adaptation Kit makes it possible for us to take leading-edge hardware, make the necessary BIOS modifications, and run with it. This flexibility allows us to offer a quicker and more reliable solution to our customers."

"This is the third board design for General Software and American Predator," commented Matthew J. Schiltz, General Software president and CEO. "Our project-based architecture, over 670 configuration options, and separate chipset support modules has allowed American Predator to easily build on earlier designs without risky modifications to the core. This allows them to support multiple ongoing projects with reduced cost and faster time-to-market."

About American Predator
American Predator Corporation, a privately held corporation founded in 1993, designs and manufactures industrial x86 based motherboard solutions. APC has been bringing new marketing strategies to the industrial OEM market by providing cost-effective custom and standard microprocessor platforms, allowing customers to have a one-stop shop for all their project needs.

About Embedded BIOSTM 2000
Embedded BIOS delivers a comprehensive BIOS development environment for x86 embedded systems. The modular architecture of the Embedded BIOS Adaptation Kit allows an OEM to support multiple, on-going BIOS adaptations while leveraging existing libraries of CPU, chipset, and board-specific features.

Embedded BIOS 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; graphical/audio POST; ROM, RAM, and Flash file systems; support for a host of industry initiatives; and much more.

Embedded BIOS supports industry-standard operating systems that run on PC-compatible hardware, including the full spectrum of Windows, Linux, and real-time operating systems.

About General Software
General Software provides superior enabling firmware 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, e-mail, or contact Leslie O’Brien at 800-850-5755 or 425-576-8300.

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