Embedded BIOS 2000 Integrated in VersaLogic's Jaguar, Bobcat, VSBC-8

4/25/2003 - VersaLogic Corp. announces a significant BIOS upgrade for three of the company’s most popular products. The Jaguar, the Bobcat PC/104-Plus embedded computer, and the VSBC-8 EBX single board computer are now being shipped with General Software’s Embedded BIOS® 2000. The new BIOS version allows increased functionality with special features of interest to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).

The BIOS is a layer of firmware that provides essential functions necessary for system software and applications. New special features utilized in General Software’s Embedded BIOS®2000 include the ability to boot from CD-ROM, faster booting, enhanced PCI to PCI bridge capabilities, and support for the latest operating systems. Jaguar and Bobcat BIOS versions also have the ability to save custom defaults to EEPROM, eliminating the need for some customers to create custom BIOSes and allowing the boards to function without a battery in applications where the real time clock is not required. The new BIOS upgrade is also capable of supporting remote boot BIOS additions, such as Argon Technology’s Managed Boot Agent. The new BIOS is currently shipping on all three boards. VersaLogic’s customers also have the option to upgrade to the new BIOS on their existing boards.

"We have worked with General Software for over ten years and appreciate their commitment to the embedded industry," commented Gary Harris, VP of Engineering at VersaLogic. "In addition, we appreciate the ease with which we have been able to implement customized features into the BIOS."

About General Software, Inc.
General Software, Inc. is the leading supplier of embedded firmware, enabling specialized devices in telecommunications, data communications, and consumer electronics market segments through technology, licensing, and support models designed especially for embedded ODMs/OEMs. Products include Embedded BIOS® 2000, a BIOS adaptation kit for embedded applications; and Firmbase®, a 32-bit operating environment that runs firmware applications within System Management Mode. For more information about General Software and its embedded firmware, visit www.gensw.com, e-mail sales@gensw.com, or contact David Tobar at (800) 850-5755 or (425) 576-8300.

About VersaLogic Corp.
A leading supplier of industrial computers since 1976, VersaLogic focuses on high-quality board-level products for embedded applications. Product lines include PC/104, PC/104-Plus, EBX, and STD 32 Bus. VersaLogic’s products are well suited for a broad range of applications such as industrial control, military, medical instrumentation, and manufacturing automation. VersaLogic’s customers recently rated the company a "Platinum" level embedded board vendor (2002 VDC study). For more information about VersaLogic products visit www.versalogic.com, e-mail info@versalogic.com, or contact Applications Support at (800) 824-3163

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. 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.

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