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September 24, 2007 - Embedded BIOS® with StrongFrame(TM) Technology firmware utilizes AGESA v3 software, which is required to enable all 4 processors on single core. It features high availability subsystem that monitors entire system and self-heals itself by implementing configurable recovery policies. Along with boot times of 0.085 sec POST, 0.838 sec Linux boot, and 24 sec Windows Vista boot, software capabilities include diagnostic tools and remote provisioning and monitoring.

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General Software Inc.
11000 N.E. 33rd Place, Suite 102
Bellevue, WA, 98004

General Software, Inc. First BIOS Provider to Support AMD Barcelona

Embedded BIOS® with StrongFrame(TM) Technology Available Now for OEMs
and System Builders Deploying New Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) Processor

SEATTLE, WA - September 11, 2007 - General Software, Inc. is the first
BIOS provider to offer commercially ready firmware for AMD's (NYSE:AMD)
new Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor. Released in conjunction with
yesterday's launch of Barcelona, General Software's Embedded BIOS® with
StrongFrame(TM) Technology firmware is also the first to leverage AMD's new
AGESA 3 software. The newest version of AMD's AGESA is required to enable
all four processors on a single core.

As the silicon industry continues to leap ahead and computing environments
get more and more complex, General Software remains the leader in firmware
innovations that unleash the power of CPU advances for the market benefit
of OEMs and ODMs. A long-term AMD ( partner,
General Software gained early access to AMD's Quad-Core Opteron hardware
and worked in concert with AMD to ensure optimal performance for mutual

The Quad-Core AMD Opteron(TM) processor that was announced yesterday
comprises four processing cores on a single piece of silicon. AMD bills it
as "the world's most advanced x86 processor ever designed and
manufactured and the first native x86 quad-core microprocessor"
delivering "dramatically escalating performance-per-watt emphasis."

General Software provides firmware for a wide range of applications including
telecom/datacom equipment, servers, blades, Ultra-Mobile PCs, industrial PCs,
targeted PCs, differentiated mainboards, and embedded devices including
medical, gaming, kiosks, point-of-sale, DVR and commercial and military

Embedded BIOS® with StrongFrameTM Technology, already running some of
the world's largest high performance data centers, increases performance and
reliability while reducing support costs with proprietary features such as:

o a High Availability (HA) subsystem that monitors entire system
health and "self heals" itself by implementing configurable recovery policies,
o remote provisioning and monitoring,
o the fastest boot in the industry (0.085 second POST, 0.838 second
Linux boot, and 24 second Windows Vista boot),
o a robust set of diagnostics, and
o advanced security options

"General Software has consistently demonstrated its ability to support the
latest silicon and technologies that drive industry innovation and enable OEMs
to achieve faster time-to-market at lowered costs," said Craig Husa, General
Software CEO. "The Quad-Core AMD Opteron processor answers the call for
rugged and high-performance, high-demand computing required by large
enterprises and intense computing requirements," continued Husa.

General Software recently unveiled its flagship StrongFrame(TM) Technology,
which enables targeted cores to be created for a wide range of applications.
Unlike other firmware offerings, which have a centralized proprietary core and
architectural modules for CPUs, chipsets, and other components underneath
it, StrongFrame(TM) Technology allows the core itself to be a pluggable module,
enabling many cores to be supported within the same framework. The
individual cores then target specific markets, such as telecom, servers,
UMPCs, targeted PCs, and embedded.

StrongFrame(TM) Technology then leverages proprietary programming of CPUs,
chipsets, SIOs, whole boards, and other building blocks across all General
Software's specialized cores. The result is that the same set of silicon
programming modules can be used across many unique applications.

With StrongFrame(TM) Technology, OEMs can quickly produce and differentiate
motherboards for multiple markets, saving money and time otherwise spent on
having to independently build firmware for each of their markets.

About General Software, Inc.
General Software provides firmware for a wide range of applications including
Ultra-Mobile PCs, industrial PCs, targeted PCs, differentiated mainboards,
telecom/datacom equipment, servers, blades, and embedded devices
including medical, gaming, kiosks, point-of-sale, DVR, and commercial and
military avionics. Original Device Manufacturers (ODMs) choose the General
Software® brand for the domain expertise that gets customers to market
quickly, reduces project risks and enables market differentiation for highly
successful products. For more information about General Software visit, e-mail, or call us at 800.850.5755 or

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