Phoenix Technologies Announces Phoenix MicroCore(TM) for Intel(R) Atom(TM) Processors for Netbooks and Nettops

2008-08-20 07:00:00

    MILPITAS, Calif., Aug. 20 /EMWNews/ -- Phoenix

Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: PTEC), the global leader in core systems

software, today announced Phoenix MicroCore BIOS to support the new Intel

Atom processor developed for simple, affordable netbooks and nettops.

Phoenix MicroCore is being demonstrated in Phoenix booth #531 at the

Intel(R) Developer Forum (IDF) August 19-21, 2008 in San Francisco.



    



    "As pioneers in the personal computing industry, Phoenix and Intel have

traditionally worked hand-in-hand on innovation as the industry has

evolved, and the emerging netbook and nettop devices offering an affordable

option for education, photo and video viewing, social networking, voice

over IP, e-mail, messaging, browsing, and numerous other Internet

activities and basic applications are no exception," said Dr. Gaurav Banga,

CTO and SVP of engineering at Phoenix Technologies. "Phoenix's leadership

position in standards-based firmware uniquely positions us to help our OEM

and ODM customers capitalize on Intel's newest line of processors designed

to enable low-power devices and PCs to deliver extraordinary Internet

experiences. We provide a compelling technology advantage and business

benefit to all our customers and this latest version of our firmware

product was developed in order to support the low cost, low power devices

that our customers are bringing to market."



    "Built with the world's smallest transistors with groundbreaking low

power capabilities and industry-leading 45nm Hi-k Metal Gate technology,

the Intel Atom processor is driving marketplace innovation for new

easy-to-use netbooks and nettops. These purpose-built devices offer

affordable price points, great battery life and adequate performance for

simple Internet content consumption," said Erik Reid, Director Mobile

Platforms Marketing, Intel Corporation. "Phoenix's long history and

expertise in core systems engineering in conjunction with Intel processors

will continue to drive netbook and nettop innovation."



    Wachovia Capital Markets research analysts predict the market for

low-cost notebooks and desktops is the computing industry's major growth

driver through 2010.



    "Consumers are increasingly turning to low-cost alternatives to

full-powered PCs for simple tasks like surfing the web and reading and

sending email and Intel(R) Atom(TM) processors along with Phoenix MicroCore

BIOS represents the most powerful way to deliver the desired functionality

for the best cost," said Martin Lin, Director Notebook Design Center,

Quanta Computer Inc. "We're pleased that Phoenix has proactively

anticipated our need for superior and flexible firmware code to support

these new devices for the Internet."



    About Phoenix Technologies



    Phoenix Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: PTEC) is the global market leader in

system firmware that provides the most secure foundation for today's

computing environments. The PC industry's top system builders and

specifiers trust Phoenix to pioneer open standards and deliver innovative

solutions that will help them differentiate their systems, reduce

time-to-market and increase their revenues. The Company's flagship products

and services -- AwardCore, SecureCore, FailSafe, HyperSpace, BeInSync and

eSupport -- are revolutionizing the PC user experience by delivering

unprecedented performance, security, reliability, continuity, and

ease-of-use. The Company established industry leadership and created the PC

clone industry with its original BIOS product in 1983. Phoenix has 155

technology patents and 139 pending applications, and has shipped in over

one billion systems. Phoenix is headquartered in Milpitas, California with

offices worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.phoenix.com



    Phoenix, Phoenix Technologies, Phoenix FailSafe, HyperSpace, BeInSync,

eSupport and the Phoenix Technologies logo are trademarks and/or registered

trademarks of Phoenix Technologies Ltd. All other trademarks are the

property of their respective owners.




Contact: Phoenix Technologies Ltd. Global Press Office Tel : +1 408 570 1060 public_relations@phoenix.com

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