General Software Announces Suspend to RAM Implementation

12/11/2002 - General Software, Inc., the leading supplier of x86 embedded firmware, announced a power management state, Suspend to RAM (STR) implementation for National Semiconductor’s GeodeTM product family. All Embedded BIOSTM customers using National’s Geode IA-On-A-Chip Devices will be able to upgrade to this new option. Suspend to RAM is particularly important in extending battery life for devices such as mobile thin clients, PDAs and hand-held PCs, by turning off various functions after a period of inactivity and saving information to RAM.

Suspend to RAM is an implementation of the Advanced Power Management (APM) 1.2 specification. APM defines the "Suspended" state as the device state where power consumption drops to the lowest possible level available that preserves operational data and parameters in system memory.

When idle, STR-enabled devices consume only a small fraction of the power used for full operation. Instead of shutting down the device to save power when not in use and then having to power on later, OEMs can let STR take over and dramatically reduce power consumption. When needed, all functionality is quickly restored. Suspend to RAM is just one of the power management states supported by Embedded BIOS 2000.

"General Software’s STR implementation brings important functionality to our embedded chipsets," commented Jeff Waters, Director for the Consumer Access Business Unit at National Semiconductor. "Now, embedded designs requiring extended battery life can use Embedded BIOS 2000 and Geode IA-On-A-Chip Devices for a powerful and portable solution."

"STR’s reduced power consumption and rapid restart delivers critical power management flexibility to the growing mobile marketplace," said Matthew J. Schiltz, General Software president and CEO. "Our new Embedded BIOS support for Suspend to RAM enhances our already powerful offering for National’s technology."

Supported National processors include the Geode SC1100, SC1200/1201, SC2200 and SC3200. General Software’s STR option is available now for technical evaluation and purchase.

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 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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