Kontron Selects AMIBIOS8 for Single Board Computers

9/26/2003 - American Megatrends Inc. (AMI), a leading provider of computer technologies, announced that Kontron, a world leader in computers for embedded applications, selected AMIBIOS8® as the core firmware for systems across its entire product offering.

Kontron is a leading vendor of industry-standard PCI, CompactPCI® and VME board-level solutions. The company also markets open platform communications servers, industrial-grade rackmount solutions, human-machine interface (HMI) systems, portable computers, embedded hardware, application-specific technology and custom-engineered solutions.

“We are impressed by AMI's rigorous testing procures in developing AMIBIOS8, which offers an extremely stable and robust firmware base for embedded applications,” said Christian Riesinger, R&D Firmware Manager at Kontron AG. “AMIBIOS8's modular structure is a perfect fit for our modular embedded boards, which are based on a building-block approach, because it will allow us to improve and add value to our products. In addition, several features in the AMIBIOS8 Visual eBIOS (VeB) development environment help to significantly enhance BIOS development with ease.”

“We are proud to serve such an important global embedded computer manufacturer as Kontron and are absolutely committed to provide them with world-class service and support,” said Imran Ahmad, AMI software sales manager for the East Coast and EMEA.

AMIBIOS8 modular BIOS is ideal for embedded products. Developers can utilize only those BIOS modules that are necessary to their specific design, with remarkable savings in the BIOS footprint and in the size of the EPROM chip required to carry it. Modules can be combined in innovative ways, allowing the mix-and match of mobile and server features. A full range of mobile, desktop and server technologies is supported, including ACPI, Intel SpeedStep®, SMBIOS 2.3.1, console redirection for headless operation and IPMI 1.5. AMIBIOS8 offers excellent system management features when used with the MegaRAC® Platform Manager, which provides system monitoring, alerting, text redirection and remote BIOS flashing.

About Kontron
Kontron is one of the world’s largest suppliers of embedded computer technology to a diversified customer base in the communications, automation, mobile, medical, military, aerospace, test and measurement, and encryption security markets. Headquartered in Eching (near Munich), Germany, Kontron has over 1500 employees worldwide.

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 BIOS, but it also supplies state-of-the-art hardware, software and utilities to over 55 percent of today's high-tech manufacturers. AMI offers high-density motherboards, disk subsystems and innovative storage solutions and is a voting member of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA). 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.

For more information on AMI, its products or services, call 1-800-U-BUY-AMI or visit www.ami.com.

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