General Software Supports Pentium M Processor with Embedded BIOS 2000

5/7/2003 - General Software, Inc., the leading supplier of x86embedded firmware, announced that it is developing Embedded BIOS® firmware for the Intel® Pentium® M Processor for communications applications. General Software, Inc. will support developers using the Intel® Pentium® M processor with its Embedded BIOS 2000 firmware through the introduction of a support module for the Intel® E7501 chipset for embedded computing designs. The Embedded BIOS 2000 Intel E7501 chipset support module, when used with General Software’s Firmbase® firmware operating environment, will provide developers with the capabilities of USB boot functionality for USB CD-ROM drives and USB floppy drives as well as support for legacy USB keyboard and mouse. In addition, the feature set for the E7501 chipset support module provides support for up to 8GB of DDR memory, two ATA 100 IDE devices, and six PCI-X devices, in addition to the Embedded BIOS 2000 core features such as an integrated BIOS Debugger. This robust feature set, combined with the scalability of Embedded BIOS 2000, makes the E7501 chipset support module the right choice for developers working on any E7501 chipset-based design.

About the Intel® Pentium® M Processor
The Intel® Pentium® M processor provides 1MB of power managed L2 cache control for both reduced power consumption and higher CPU performance. Optimal processor performance, in addition to low power consumption, is achieved through integration of Intel’s Next Generation SpeedStep? Technology. Intel’s SpeedStep® Technology allows the dynamic switching between multiple voltages and frequency points within the processor. Industry-standard operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows and Linux, are able to use these processors when properly configured and presented to the operating system by Embedded BIOS 2000.

About the Embedded BIOS® 2000 Adaptation Kit
Embedded BIOS 2000 offers the most comprehensive, on-target features for x86 embedded systems of all available BIOS and firmware products. The modular architecture of the Embedded BIOS 2000 Adaptation Kit allows an ODM or OEM to support multiple, on-going BIOS adaptations while leveraging existing libraries of CPU, chipset, and board-specific features. The rule-based, expert system -- BIOStart® -- provides access to nearly 800 OEM-selectable configuration options, enable fast and easy development of perfect-fit firmware -- often without editing BIOS source code. The Embedded BIOS 2000 Adaptation Kit addresses the entire lifecycle of the embedded products, from board bring-up, configuration prototyping, testing with system diagnostics, and product manufacturing to in-field diagnostics and software reload.

About Firmbase® Firmware Operating Environment
Firmbase is General Software’s firmware-level, high-availability operating environment that provides a multithreaded 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 by embedded OEMs and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) using standard, 32-bit Windows (Portable Executable) development tools.

About General Software, Inc.
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 Embedded BIOS® 2000 and Firmbase®, its high availability firmware, please visit, or contact David Tobar at 800-850-5755 or 425-576-8300.

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