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American Megatrends announces availability and specifications of new UEFI Development Workstation System for manufacturers and developers
Press release
Friday 29 June 2012

American Megatrends Inc. (AMI), a leader in BIOS and computing innovations, is pleased to announce the availability of its new UEFI Development Workstation System for sale to manufacturers, developers, system integrators and testers. AMI's UEFI Development Workstation System is purpose-built for Aptio and UEFI development and testing.

This leading edge desktop PC with premium components provides a comprehensive development environment for UEFI, particularly for the integration of UEFI 2.3.1-compatible operating systems including the upcoming Microsoft Windows 8. AMI has worked closely with Microsoft to develop this system in order to facilitate the rapid development of the soon-to-be-released Microsoft Windows 8 throughout the entire developer community.

First and foremost, the UEFI Development Workstation System is a flexible development platform, built upon a full-featured hardware architecture optimized for firmware projects in a mini-tower configuration. It features an Intel Core i7-2600 Processor with 8 GB of DDR3-1333 memory for stellar performance under the most demanding conditions.

Of course, this new UEFI development system is powered by the latest version of Aptio UEFI BIOS - version 4.6.5.x. Aptio 4.6.5.x not only offers full support for the next generation of Microsoft Windows, but also adds support for the latest UEFI specifications, UEFI 2.3.1 and PI 1.2. This makes the latest features of the UEFI specification, such as Secure Boot, UEFI boot mode, secure firmware update, eDrive support, fully localizable user interface and more, available to manufacturers in a production-ready UEFI BIOS. Notably, this development system will be the first PC on the market with full UEFI 2.3.1 support, allowing for a complete Windows 8 experience.

The UEFI Development Workstation System integrates seamlessly with other AMI products for system development and debug, such as AMI Debug for UEFI and AMI Debug Rx, to give developers the ideal toolset to exhaustively test and debug UEFI drivers and applications. It is also the optimal solution to validate UEFI 2.3.1 compatibility of PCI-E expansion cards, especially HII compatibility. Additionally, the UEFI Development Workstation System includes the industry-standard Aptio Text Setup Engine (TSE) supporting the development of HII forms and can integrate seamlessly with the AMI Graphical Setup Engine (GSE) and other pre-boot UEFI solutions.

S. Shankar, President and CEO of American Megatrends commented that "AMI is greatly pleased to be the first BIOS vendor to provide a purpose-built UEFI Development Workstation System to the manufacturing and development community. Most importantly, this system features the full production, latest version of Aptio that leverages the UEFI 2.3.1 standard and the security and usability enhancements that will be at the core of the 're-imagination of Windows' with Windows 8. This will help developers get the most out of their projects. We anticipate that this new system will quickly become a key component of the Windows development ecosystem and help enable the rapid adoption and interest in Windows 8 development throughout the worldwide developer community."

Interested parties are encouraged to contact AMI at 1-800-U-BUY-AMI for pricing and detailed specifications on the UEFI Development Workstation System for Aptio.

NOTE: This system is not available for sale or lease to the general public and is not intended for home or commercial use. This product has not been approved by the FCC at this time and is intended for UEFI development only.

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