General Software Supports VIA Eden-N Processor with Firmbase 1.2

11/19/2003 - General Software announces Firmbase® 1.2 support for the recently announced VIA Eden-N Processor from VIA Technologies, Inc., a leading innovator and developer of silicon chip technologies and PC platform solutions, providing a complete solution for the development of small, connected embedded devices.

“General Software is pleased to be providing Firmbase support for VIA’s exciting new processor, as we see the demand for functionality and secure device management in ever decreasing form factors driving many of our customer designs, and the tiny VIA Eden-N fits that bill perfectly,” said Matthew Schiltz, President and CEO of General Software. “Extending our world class operating system support to VIA’s processor platforms assists developers everywhere in designing the smart digital systems of tomorrow, and further strengthens the collaboration between our two companies.”

The combination of the VIA Eden-N processor, the world’s smallest and lowest power native x86 processor with advanced security features, and General Software’s Firmbase product provides a complete solution for the development of small, connected devices. Firmbase provides designers with failsafe connection to applications running on the VIA Eden-N processor, using System Management Mode. Moreover, the Firmbase SDK gives developers the unique capability to write firmware applications for remote update, booting and management of their connected devices that will run independent of the state of any foreground operating system.

“General Software’s unique Firmbase product provides an excellent complement to our latest embedded processor, and will enable a new class of secure management applications for next generation networked devices,” said Richard Brown, Associate Vice-President of Marketing for VIA Technologies, Inc. “With this operating environment, embedded OEMs and ODMs can now create more powerful remote management applications that are both secure and independent of the operating system.”

About the VIA Eden-N Processor
The VIA Eden-N processor is based on the new Nehemiah core featuring the PadLock Security Suite integrated directly on to the processor die, including the new PadLock Advanced Cryptography Engine (ACE) and two hardware based RNGs. This produces market leading encryption rates of 12.5Gbs with minimal load on the processor, enabling compact, low power designs that can natively assist security applications.

Available at speeds of 533MHz, 800MHz, and 1GHz, the VIA Eden-N processor features the tiny nanoBGA processor package, measuring just 15mm x 15mm, making it the world’s smallest native x86 processor that is expanding the reach of the x86 architecture to consumer electronics and commercial devices that require compatibility with PC hardware and software. With Thermal Design Power (TDP) values of 4W, 6W and 7W respectively, the VIA Eden-N processor also boasts the world’s lowest power consumption from a native x86 processor.

The VIA Eden-N processor comes packed with advanced performance features such as StepAheadTM Advanced Branch Prediction, sixteen pipeline stages, support for SSE multimedia instructions, a full-speed Floating Point Unit (FPU) and an efficiency-enhanced 64KB Full-Speed Exclusive L2 cache with 16-way associativity for memory optimization.

For more information on the VIA Eden-N processor, please visit the VIA Eden Platform website at: http://www.via.com.tw/en/Products/eden_n.jsp

About Firmbase
Firmbase is an operating environment that runs in System Management Mode or SMM. Firmbase uses patented technology to run 32-bit firmware applications concurrently with the foreground operating system. It provides a multi-threaded API to 32-bit applications running transparently to the other software in the system, including the BIOS and operating system. These programs -- called Firmware Applications -- are developed using standard, 32-bit Windows Portable Executable (PE) development tools.

For more information on Firmbase please visit the General Software website at: http://www.gensw.com/pages/prod/firmbase/firmbase.htm

About General Software
General Software, Inc. 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 the embedded OEM’s product lifecycle needs. For more information about General Software and its embedded firmware, visit http://www.gensw.com, e-mail sales@gensw.com, or contact Tanya Topoleski at 800-850-5755 or 425-576-8300.

About VIA Technologies, Inc.
VIA Technologies, Inc. is the foremost fabless supplier of market-leading core logic chipsets, low power x86 processors, advanced connectivity, multimedia, networking and storage silicon, and complete platform solutions that are driving system innovation in the PC and embedded markets. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA's global network links the high tech centers of the US, Europe and Asia, and its customer base includes the world's top OEMs, motherboard vendors and system integrators. VIA is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TSE2388) and achieved annual revenues of over US$720 million in 2002. http://www.via.com.tw

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