Award in the Press
March 5, 1997
AWARD SOFTWARE INTERNATIONAL® INC.
ACQUIRES WILLOWS SOFTWARE
FOR EMBEDDED, REAL-TIME AND UNIX SYSTEMS
Mountain View, Calif. -- Award Software
International Inc. (Nasdaq:AWRD), a leading provider of system
management software (SMS), today announced that it has acquired
certain of the assets of Willows Software. Willows technology
is used to migrate Windows applications to alternative platforms.
The Willows Toolkit for UNIX and Willows RT for Embedded Systems,
now called APIAccess, extends Award's
offerings of building blocks for embedded systems. Award also
gains distribution relationships for APIAccess with
several leading Real-Time Operating System (RTOS) suppliers, including
Wind River Systems and QNX.
"Adding APIAccess to our product portfolio
is consistent with our strategy to become the leading supplier
of building blocks for manufacturers of embedded systems,"
said George Huang, president and CEO of Award. "We believe
that with this acquisition, no other company can match Award's
APIAccess consists of embeddable libraries,
which are functionally equivalent to those supplied with the Windows
95 or Windows NT operating systems. These products are optimized
to run on non-Windows operating systems, including many
popular RTOS and UNIX systems. Most Windows applications can
be easily recompiled on a target system, giving the environment
a Windows look and feel, but with native performance.
Award Software International Inc. is the leader in worldwide BIOS
shipments. BIOS is the cornerstone system management software
(SMS) product that Award designs, develops and markets to the
manufacturers of desktop, server, mobile and embedded systems.
Additional Award SMS products include the SMSAccess suite
of applications for remote, streamlined system management, designed
to reduce total cost of ownership. The company's PC Card (PCMCIA)
enabling software for DOS, Windows 3.x, and Windows NT is CardWare®.
Award continues to expand its research and development efforts
to create innovative new products for the growing computer and
embedded systems industries.
The company's stock is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under
the symbol AWRD. More information can be obtained from the company's
SEC filing or by visiting Award's Web site at http://www.award.com.
The statements in this news release, other than the historical
financial information, may contain forward-looking statements
that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results
to differ from predicted results. Further information on factors
that could affect the company's results are detailed in Award's
final prospectus dated October 25, 1996, as filed with the Securities
and Exchange Commission.
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Kevin Berry, CFO
Award Software International
Stapleton Communications Inc.
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Updated 26 March 97.