Phoenix Technologies Announces Support for Upcoming 64-bit AMD Opteron™ and AMD Athlon™ 64-bit processors
BIOS Software Leader to Provide Support Concurrent with Release of Next-Generation Processors
SAN JOSE, CA --
Phoenix Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: PTEC), a global leader in device-enabling and management software products for connected digital devices, today announced that Phoenix ServerBIOS™ and Phoenix ServerBIOS Pro™ will be available for platforms incorporating the upcoming AMD Opteron™ and eighth-generation AMD Athlon™ processors. The AMD Opteron processor is designed to provide flexibility, scalability, and performance for today’s demanding enterprise-class applications.
The Phoenix ServerBIOS family provides original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and original device manufacturers (ODMs) with a smooth path to 64-bit computing. Phoenix software helps to optimize performance of the AMD Opteron processor’s dual 32-bit and 64-bit fast engine, enabling stronger security and management capabilities for server platforms. As a leader in 64-bit software, Phoenix supports AMD 64-bit configurations of workstations with one or two processors and servers with up to eight processors.
"Our ongoing cooperation with AMD continues to enable innovative new technology for the PC industry," said Susan L. Kennedy, Vice President of FirstWare Product Marketing, Phoenix Technologies. “At Phoenix, we have worked hard to build robust and stable software support for the new line of AMD processors. The performance advances of the AMD Opteron and eighth-generation AMD Athlon processors, combined with the comprehensive feature set of ServerBIOS and ServerBIOS Pro, can provide enterprise customers with significantly increased scalability and performance.”
A spectrum of server applications can benefit from 64-bit computing power, including databases, business intelligence, data warehousing and ERP programs, as well as client applications for image manipulation, technical and scientific computing, and entertainment. As a leading worldwide supplier of BIOS for servers, Phoenix Technologies brings over 22 years of engineering experience to this technology.
"Because of their depth of experience – both in the BIOS space, and in providing 64-bit technology – Phoenix can provide a robust feature set to complement the AMD Opteron and eighth-generation AMD Athlon processor-based platforms," said Rich Heye, vice president platform engineering and infrastructure, AMD. "Customers using 32-bit and 64-bit server, workstation, and multiprocessor systems will experience increased performance, stability and flexibility using the upcoming AMD eighth-generations processors and Phoenix BIOS technology.”
About the AMD Opteron™ Processor
The AMD Opteron processor is based on AMD’s eighth-generation processor core which is planned to mark the introduction of the industry’s first x86-64 technology implementation. This technology is planned to preserve companies’ investments in 32-bit applications while allowing a seamless transition to 64-bit computing as those companies require. The AMD Opteron processor is designed to deliver high-performance server and workstation solutions for today’s most demanding enterprise applications. The processor is designed to be scalable, reliable and compatible, which can result in lower total cost of ownership. Key AMD Opteron processor innovations include an integrated memory controller, which reduces memory bottlenecks, and HyperTransport™ technology, which increases overall performance by removing or reducing I/O bottlenecks, increasing bandwidth and reducing latency.
About Phoenix Server BIOS products
Phoenix Server BIOS family is the most comprehensive 32-bit and 64-bit firmware available for server, workstation, and multiprocessor systems. With Server BIOS family, system designers and manufacturers achieve new levels of system integration and differentiation while meeting the stringent requirements of compatibility, performance, and time-to-market.
The Phoenix ServerBIOS family contains the features of PhoenixBIOS 4.0 Release 6, with additional support for:
- Remote console redirection
- Keyboard redirection
- Host floppy redirection
- Auto reboot
- Advanced DRAM diagnostics
- Bad DIMM detection & re-mapping (chipset dependent)
- Hot-Plug PCI
- SMBIOS or EBDA logging and reporting
- Selectable boot path
- Up to 8 processors
- The latest chipsets
- 64-bit PCI
- PCI-X, a deployment feature
- SCSI 3-Small Computer System Interface
- IPMI-Intelligent Platform Management
- WfM-Wired for Management
- SMBIOS 3.2 System Management BIOS Features
- Multi-level passwords
Additional features in Phoenix ServerBIOS Pro include:
- StrongROM™ security technologies
- Non-volatile secure storage
- 128-bit AES cryptographic key
- 1024-bit public keys for communication, integrity checking
- RSA cryptographic engine
- Pre-OS diagnostics
AMD is a global supplier of integrated circuits for the personal and networked computer and communications markets with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Asia. AMD, a Fortune 500 and Standard & Poor’s 500 company, produces microprocessors, Flash memory devices, and support circuitry for communications and networking applications. Founded in 1969 and based in Sunnyvale, California, AMD had revenues of $3.9 billion in 2001. (NYSE: AMD).
AMD on the Web
For more information about the AMD Opteron processor, please visit: www.amd.com/8thgenerationnews
. Additional press releases are available at www.amd.com/news/news.html
Phoenix Technologies (NASDAQ: PTEC); Founded in 1979, Phoenix is a global leader in device-enabling and management software products for PCs and other connected digital devices. Its FirstWareTM family of “instant on” software activates, secures, connects, and recovers digital devices and is designed into millions of industry standard desktop, notebook, server, and information appliance systems sold annually. This enables Phoenix customers - specifiers, developers, and manufacturers of user-driven microprocessor systems - to reduce costs and provide high value-added features to their customers. Headquartered in San Jose, California, Phoenix Technologies has offices worldwide.
For more information about Phoenix Technologies, visit our website at http://www.phoenix.com/
AMD, the AMD Arrow logo, AMD Opteron, AMD Athlon and combinations thereof, are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. HyperTransport is a trademark of the HyperTransport Technology Consortium.
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