General Software Announces Embedded BIOS 2000 Support for VIA Embedded Platform Solutions

12/11/2002 - General Software, Inc., the leading supplier of x86 embedded firmware, announces Embedded BIOSTM 2000 support for the VIA Eden ESP 5000 processor and the VIA Apollo Pro266T chipset. Embedded OEMs choosing these VIA products can take advantage of powerful features and support for industry initiatives available with Embedded BIOS 2000.

The VIA EdenTM ESP 5000 is the industry’s lowest power native x86 embedded processor with market-leading thermal characteristics that enable fanless system designs for innovative, low profile, small form factor devices. The VIA Apollo Pro266T provides a high-performance and scalable Socket 370 chipset solution, delivering high speed DDR200/266 SDRAM and optimized for performance in low power applications for today's increasingly demanding servers, workstations, and PCs.

"We’re delighted that General Software has developed their rich BIOS to work with our embedded platform products," said Richard Brown, Director of Marketing at VIA Technologies, Inc. "This will ensure a higher degree of out-of-the-box compatibility and a faster time to market for developers of a wide range of commercial systems. Moreover, working with General Software will extend the reach of our products into the embedded marketplace."

"High customer demand drove the development of our Embedded BIOS Support Modules for VIA’s platforms," said Matthew Schiltz, General Software president and CEO. "Their cost-effective products combine performance, flexibility, and reliability into a very competitive option for x86 embedded manufacturers."

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; manufacturing mode; 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 VIA Technologies, Inc.
VIA Technologies, Inc. (TSE2388) is a leading innovator and developer of PC core logic chipsets, microprocessors, and multimedia, communications, optical media and networking chips. VIA delivers value to the PC industry by designing, marketing, and selling high-performance VIA Apollo core logic chipsets for the full range of PC platforms, and cost-effective VIA C3TM processors for Value PCs and Internet Appliances, as well as developing complete solutions for the PC platform through its VPSD Business Unit. Its customers include the world's top OEMs, mainboard manufacturers, and system integrators. VIA is headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, at the center of the Greater China high-tech manufacturing engine, and has branch offices in the US, China and Europe. The company achieved annual revenues of nearly US$1 billion in 2001. Additional information can be found at

About General Software, Inc.
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, visit, e-mail, or contact Leslie O’Brien at 800-850-5755 or 425-576-8300.

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