Atmel's Firmware Hub Flash and LPC Flash Devices Supported by AMI

3/5/2003 - Atmel® Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML) and American Megatrends Incorporated (AMI) announced that AMI's latest version of it's BIOS firmware, AMIBIOS8TM, supports Atmel's Firmware Hub (FWH) Flash devices as well as it's LPC (Low Pin Count) Flash devices. With AMIBIOS8 support, desktop, notebook, server, and embedded PC manufacturers using AMI's BIOS can effortlessly use Atmel's Flash products to store the BIOS firmware.

"Atmel and AMI have developed a very positive working relationship that has enabled our products to have fully tested AMI BIOS support in place by the time we introduce devices into the general marketplace," stated Richard De Caro, Atmel's Director of Strategic Marketing for Nonvolatile Memories. "By working so closely together, both companies benefit, and our mutual customers benefit, too. Atmel receives up-front BIOS support from one of the world's leading BIOS developers, and AMI enables its PC customers to immediately start using Atmel's devices as soon as they begin shipping. This is especially important since Atmel is one of only four LPC Flash manufacturers and one of only five Firmware Hub manufacturers in the world," continued De Caro.

The devices supported by AMIBIOS8 include Atmel's 4-megabit (AT49LW040) and 8-megabit (AT49LW080) Firmware Hub Flash devices and Atmel's 4-megabit (AT49LL040), and 8-megabit (AT49LL080) LPC Flash devices. In addition, AMIBIOS8 will support Atmel's 2-megabit Firmware Hub and LPC Flash devices, which will be made available in the near future.

The sector structure of Atmel's LPC Flash devices is optimized to meet the needs of the BIOS suppliers. As a result, Atmel's 4-megabit LPC Flash is the only LPC Flash in the market that utilizes a 32-kilobyte boot block, whereas other 4-megabit LPC Flash devices incorporate a 64-kilobyte boot block. Because most BIOS boot code occupies less than 32-kilobytes, this can free-up valuable ROM space for other BIOS applications.

In addition, the General Purpose Non-Volatile (GPNV) area, which must be in its own block but only needs a few kilobytes of memory, can utilize one of the smaller 8-kilobyte blocks featured in Atmel's 2-megabit and 4-megabit LPC Flash devices.

"Working with Atmel has been a gratifying experience. During the design phase of their LPC Flash devices, Atmel consulted with AMI to determine the most beneficial and optimal sectoring architecture for the devices' memory arrays," said Bill Clark, AMI's Strategic Accounts Manager.

The AMIBIOS8 basic input/output system software enables state-of-the-art technologies and handles a wide set of peripherals on x86-64 computers. AMIBIOS8 modular design addresses embedded designs as well as desktop, server and mobile platforms. AMIBIOS8 features the Visual eBIOS (VeB) unique graphical BIOS development environment, providing an array of tools that simplify firmware development and speed time to market for new hardware products. AMIBIOS8 includes advanced features such as fast Power-On Self Test (POST), IPMI v.1.5 support, 48-bit LBA support, headless operation and USB boot capability.

"Atmel has been very pleased to work with AMI. We value their opinions and look forward to further developing our relationship with them," concluded De Caro.

About Atmel
About Atmel Founded in 1984, Atmel Corporation is headquartered in San Jose, California with manufacturing facilities in North America and Europe. Atmel designs, manufactures and markets worldwide, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and RF semiconductors. Atmel is also a leading provider of system-level integration semiconductor solutions using CMOS, BiCMOS, bipolar SiGe, and high-voltage BCDMOS process technologies.

About AMI
Founded in 1985, American Megatrends Inc. (AMI) has dedicated its resources to providing OEMs, resellers and systems integrators with leading edge computer technologies. Privately held, AMI is best known for its AMIBIOS. The company also supplies diagnostic software, high-density motherboards, disk subsystems and innovative storage solutions. Headquartered in Atlanta, AMI has locations in the U.S. and throughout the world including Chennai, Munich, Seoul, Taipei and Tokyo to better serve its customers.

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