ATEN's New IPMI Firmware Solution Selected by ASUS
For Its Server Product Line

TAIPEI,TAIWAN, February 6, 2005-ATEN International Co. Ltd., a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of advanced connectivity solutions, announces its new IPMI Firmware Solution is officially selected by ASUSTeK Computer Inc (ASUS), a leading provider of 3C total solutions for its server product line. Asus will embed ATEN's firmware solution in its full-line of servers to provide its customers with complete and advanced server management functions.

ATEN's innovative IPMI 2.0 technology not only provides a standard cross-platform interface, but also provides server remote management and automatic recovery functions that allow administrator to control servers at all times, thus effectively increasing the benefits of management. In addition, ATEN's IPMI Firmware Solution uses a modulated design that allows control and management by using the Internet or in series data processor, thus effectively lowering costs.

"We are always committed in providing the most competitive products for our customers," said Allen Wang, Senior Director, Server Centric, R&D 8 department of Asus. "In integrating ATEN's IPMI technology, we can assist our customers in increasing the efficiency of server management. After careful consideration, we have chosen ATEN's Firmware Solutions not only because of its superior IPMI 2.0 technology, but also more importantly, ATEN is able to provide complete back-end services, including customization, flexibility, R&D capabilities in order to satisfy our specific product needs."

"We are very honored that Asus has selected ATEN's IPMI solutions for its server product line,"said Jack Lee, Director of the President's Office, ATEN. "With the arrival of more and more advanced information equipment, the capability of having cross-platform management has become the main trend of server product development. The cooperation between ATEN and Asus not only signifies a milestone in the industry, but also once again demonstrates the technology leadership of both parties."

Through the use of ATEN's IPMI 2.0 technology and using Internet, LAN or network, administrator is able to remotely control various server components such as CPU, fan speed, system temperature, voltage and other operations, and execute power management, such as power on/off, rebooting, etc. IPMI firmware can also send alert message to the administrator through email or SMS if it detects an abnormal situation, thus effectively promoting the convenience and timeliness of server management.

In order to strengthen the safety of remote server management, ATEN's IPMI Firmware Solution provides a completely secured encryption options, including MD2, MD5, RAKP-HMAC-SHA1, HMAC-SHA1-96, RAKP-HAMC-MD5, HMAC-MD5-12 and AES-CBC-128.

Facing the fast-changing server market demands, ATEN has recently been actively developing Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (Advanced TCA) specifications to assist enterprise users in enhancing the efficiency of multiple server management.

About IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface)

IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) unifies server languages; the use of IPMI management software allows the management of all equipments using IPMI. Intel, Dell, NEC, HP and other suppliers have jointly launched the IPMI version 1.0, which was the intelligent platform management interface standard in 1998. From IPMI version 1.0 to 1.5, and to the version 2.0 that was launched in 2004, IPMI has been adopted by 178 companies, and has become the basic interface for cross-platform management.

About ATEN

ATEN International Co. Ltd. is specialized in connectivity solutions in the information technology since its establishment in the year of 1979 and is today considered as the undoubted most important manufacturer of KVM Switches worldwide. This prominent position was reached by continuously high investments in research and development, which settle also in numerous patents and become apparent, for example, by the sophisticated ASICs, which are developed in the ATEN labs and manufactured by ATEN. More than 20 percent of ATEN's employees worldwide work in R&D laboratory. They ensure for the fact that annually more than 50 new products come on the world markets. The product range today covers hundreds of connectivity products from the small USB hub up to the powerful KVM switches of the Master View family for managing more than 500 computers. Among the customers of ATEN rank the large, worldwide acting companies likewise as midrange and small businesses as well as ambitious private users. For further information see