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American Megatrends Releases AMIDiag™ for UEFI Version 2.41, Featuring ROM Capability, UEFI Driver Diagnostic Support and More

04-07-2010 09:41 AM CET | IT, New Media & Software

Press release from: American Megatrends Inc.

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA – American Megatrends (AMI), a leader in BIOS and computing innovations, unveiled the release of AMIDiag™ for UEFI version 2.41, featuring a host of improvements and additions to the already powerful firmware diagnostic platform. A new key feature of this latest version of AMIDiag for UEFI is support for new AMI and third-party firmware drivers compliant with the UEFI Driver Diagnostic specification, giving AMIDiag for UEFI the ability to make testing specific devices even more quick and efficient.

AMIDiag for UEFI is the only comprehensive diagnostic program for UEFI on the market that does not require any dependence on legacy BIOS. AMIDiag for UEFI can be executed on top of Aptio® or Tiano environments, as well as BIOS environments with EDK DUET support. AMIDiag for UEFI is based on AMI’s award-winning AMIDiag™, which has been successful for years in manufacturing, development, testing and repair.

"With this new version of AMIDiag for UEFI, AMI continues its commitment to offering diagnostics based on the latest and most advanced industry standards,” said Stefano Righi, Vice President of Software Utilities for American Megatrends. “This release reinforces AMIDiag interoperability with platform firmware to better address platform manufacturer needs. As the first native UEFI diagnostics available on the market, AMIDiag for UEFI has been serving the diagnostic needs of the industry at large since 2002. AMI is proud of its role in contributing to the UEFI ecosystem and highlighting the importance of the specifications in the evolution of hardware diagnostics, with the aim of strengthening platform quality and reliability."

As a UEFI-based diagnostic, testing with AMIDiag for UEFI provides extremely reliable and secure test results. All diagnostics are performed directly on the hardware, without the interference of device drivers or interfaces that may alter or hide certain hardware. AMIDiag for UEFI also provides comprehensive hardware testing for manufacturing with a familiar user interface. Flexible and easy to use, AMIDiag for UEFI can be applied in a variety of ways to strengthen and speed up the production process to dramatically improve product quality and reduce returns.

- Support for the Latest CPU and Chipsets -
This latest version of AMIDiag for UEFI expands diagnostic capability and support to the latest processors and chipsets from Intel and AMD, including the latest Intel® Core i3, Core™ i5 and Core™ i7 Desktop and Mobile Processor Series, Intel® Xeon™ 3400 and 3500 Series, and Intel® Atom™ Processor D400, D500 and N400 Series.

- Support for UEFI Compliant AMI and Third Party Drivers -
A major innovation in the newest version of AMIDiag for UEFI is expanded support for UEFI compliant drivers from AMI and third parties. To make testing of new devices a smoother and more efficient process, AMIDiag for UEFI does not require writing of a test module. Instead, it utilizes the diagnostics provided by the device driver, so the testing of a new device is done with the help of test routines provided by its drivers. Now, any UEFI driver can publish a driver diagnostics protocol and can provide the test interface to diagnose its device / driver functionality.

- AMIDiag for UEFI Is Now ROM Capable and Can Be Added to Any Aptio Project -
AMIDiag for UEFI also now has the ability to be embedded directly into the BIOS ROM - a powerful feature which can add value and increased functionality to the BIOS. The integration of this feature is extremely straightforward; the component can simply be added to any BIOS project. This means that AMIDiag for UEFI can be launched from ROM rather than from mass storage devices. Doing so provides improved performance with respect to execution speed, which is particularly useful in burn-in testing.

- A Comprehensive Set of Diagnostic Tests -
AMIDiag provides comprehensive testing for all major system components, including system processor and memory, peripherals including hard disk drives, CD/DVD and SCSI, keyboard, video and mouse, network interface, and standard protocols such as SCSI, PCI, USB and ACPI.

A detailed set of diagnostic tests allows for complete system and component coverage without the creation of a specialized diagnostic module. Using AMIDiag for UEFI, developers are no longer required to write a separate test application, so that unnecessary proprietary protocols, maintenance and documentation of the same can also be avoided. Moreover, an optional Software Development Kit (SDK) is also available, enabling developers to easily develop new tests or turn existing, custom tests into AMIDiag plug-ins that retain all of the same capabilities and privileges of standard AMIDiag for UEFI tests.

American Megatrends encourages interested parties to contact an AMI Sales Representative at 1-800-U-BUY-AMI or to visit to learn more about AMIDiag for UEFI, or AMI UEFI and legacy BIOS solutions for servers, desktop, notebook, netbook, ultra-mobile and embedded systems.

About AMI:
Founded in 1985 and known worldwide for AMIBIOS®, American Megatrends Inc. (AMI) supplies state-of-the-art hardware, software, and utilities to today's high-tech manufacturers. AMI’s innovative Aptio™ solution for UEFI, modular AMIBIOS8, high quality StorTrends® IP Storage Area Networks (IP-SAN), Network Attached Storage (NAS), and Storage Management software solutions, along with MegaRAC® remote server management, KVM over IP, IPMI 2.0 firmware and high-density motherboards continue to garner industry acclaim and awards around the world. In line with the diversity of its technology and product line, AMI is a member of a number of industry associations and standards groups, such as the Unified EFI Forum (UEFI), the Intel® Embedded Alliance and the Trusted Computing Group (TCG). Headquartered in Atlanta, AMI has locations in the U.S., China, Germany, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan to better serve its customers.

For more information on AMI, and its products and services, call 1-800-U-BUY-AMI or visit

American Megatrends, Inc.
5555 Oakbrook Parkway, Building 200
Norcross, GA 30093 USA
Main: 770-246-8600
Fax: 770-246-8790
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Press Contact: Chris Menosky, Marketing Communications Manager
American Megatrends, Inc.
5555 Oakbrook Parkway, Building 200
Norcross, GA 30093 USA
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