Award in the Press

Nov. 18, 1996

Award Software International® Inc. Introduces
CardWare® 5.0 for Microsoft Window NT 4.0

Mountain View, Calif. -- Award Software International® Inc. (NASDAQ:AWRD) announced today the release of its most recent PC Card software product, CardWare 5.0 for Microsoft Windows NT 4.0. Award plans to unveil this newest member of the CardWare product family at COMDEX/Fall in Las Vegas, Nov. 18-22.

CardWare for Windows NT retains the full functionality and accessible user interface of the previous CardWare releases for the DOS/Windows 3.x environments, while supporting Windows NT user-access restrictions and working hand-in-hand with its resource management scheme. Standard CardWare features such as hot-plug-and-play and configuration through the Card Information Structure (CIS) of each card have been ported to the Windows NT version.

"With the release of our newest PC Card product, " stated Award Vice President of Engineering and Product Marketing Maurice Bizzarri, "Award solves the problem of incomplete PC Card support in the Windows NT 4.0 operating system. The addition of Card and Socket Services for the Windows NT environment means Award now offers a full solution to system vendors for cross-platform consistency in the look and feel of PC Card support software."

CardWare 5.0 supports a wide range of PC Card host controllers, including the latest releases, and conforms with the latest PC Card standards.

Award designs, develops and markets system management software for the global computing market. System management software is one of the fundamental layers in personal computer ("PC") architecture and provides an essential interface between a PC's operating system software and hardware. The Company's principal system management software products include a suite of Basic Input/Output System software ("BIOS").

Award's customers include designers and manufacturers of motherboards, PC systems and other microprocessor-based (or "embedded") devices. The Company believes that its products and engineering services enable customers to rapidly develop new motherboard designs for state-of-the-art computer systems.

The Company markets and licenses its products and services worldwide and has established itself as a leading provider of desktop system management software in Asia, which accounts for approximately 40% of worldwide desktop motherboard production.

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Manager, Marketing Communications
Award Software International

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