Award Software in the Press

October 14, 1997

Award Software and Motorola Computer Group Join in Embedded Motherboard Technology Relationship

Mountain View, Calif. — Award Software International® Inc. (Nasdaq:AWRD), the world's No. 1 x86-based desktop and server BIOS provider, and Motorola, Technical Products Division, leaders in the embedded computing market, jointly announced a technology agreement in which Award Software will provide x86 system management software for the new family of embedded boards that the Motorola Computer Group announced today.

The Pentium®-based ATXPII and NLXP55 motherboards are designed specifically for use in embedded computing applications. Offering complete PC and Microsoft Windows NT® compatibility, ATXPII and NLXP55 have specialized hardware features and OEM support that substantially extend their capability in real-time and industrial applications. Integral components of the new embedded motherboard product line, Award Software's EliteBIOS, MPCAccess™ and LMAccess™ will respectively provide PC industry compatibility, remote adminstration and hardware monitoring.

Embedded EliteBIOS is a full-featured, standards-compliant core BIOS for all x86 platforms and chipsets, supporting multiple BIOS extensions. Its highly modular architecture enables small footprint designs. Motorola is augmenting EliteBIOS with MPCAccess to solve the problem of a non-booting embedded system by enabling remote, pre-operating system access, diagnostics, repair and administration. MPCAccess was formerly named RPBAccess, which reflected its Remote, Pre-Boot capabilities. The new product name reflects MPCAccess' ability to bring to ordinary PCs and x86-based embedded systems the lower cost of ownership associated with Managed PCs. LMAccess, a Microsoft Windows NT and Windows® 95-based hardware status monitoring and alarm application, gives warning of potential system failure and chassis intrusion in systems using National Semiconductor's LM75 and LM78/79 microprocessor system hardware monitor.

"Motorola Computer Group thoroughly investigated system management software alternatives before selecting Award Software," said Jerry Gipper, director of marketing for embedded technologies at MCG. "Award Software fit best with our CompatibilityPlus theme for Pentium processor embedded motherboards. With their products, we have ensured PC compatibility. Now and over the longer term, Award Software's capabilities provide us the ability to respond to unique embedded requirements and deliver the plus our OEM customers expect."

"Motorola made a strategic decision in teaming with Award Software: in using EliteBIOS in the new motherboard designs, Motorola gains instant credibility with a new segment of the industry by providing to its embedded PC customers the same high level of PC compatibility as found in 6 out of 10 desktops and servers shipping worldwide," said Laurent Gharda, vice president of marketing for Award Software. "Award Software is proud to have been selected by Motorola Computer Group to provide all the critical system management software components needed to make this new line of business for Motorola a success."

The Technical Products Division of the Motorola Computer Group is a leading worldwide supplier of computer board products and computer systems platform products to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in technical and embedded markets. Information about MCG's products is available on the World Wide Web at http://www.mot.com/computer.

Motorola is one of the world's leading providers of wireless communications, semiconductors, and advanced electronic systems, components, and services. Major equipment businesses include cellular telephone, two-way radio, paging and data communications, personal communications, automotive, defense and space electronics and computers. Motorola semiconductors power communication devices, computers and millions of other products. Motorola's 1996 sales were $28 billion.

Award Software is the leader in BIOS shipments with a 60 percent x86-based desktop and server market share worldwide. Every PC must have a BIOS, the software component without which the computer will not work. EliteBIOS is the cornerstone system management software (SMS) product that Award Software designs, develops and markets to manufacturers of desktop, server, mobile and embedded systems. EliteBIOS-powered PCs can become Managed PCs and can be remotely administered using MPCAccess, one of several solutions in the SMSAccess™ suite of products designed to ease administration and reduce total cost of PC ownership. Award Software's CardWare® enables full utilization of PC Card devices with Microsoft Windows NT. Manufacturers of Internet appliances and other embedded devices can greatly reduce time to market by designing in Award Software products such as APIAccess™, which integrates Win32® applications into real time. Award Software's new subsidiary, Unicore® Software, provides vital BIOS upgrades to extend PC life, and diagnostics tools to reduce PC repair time, including PC DIAG™ and POSTcard®. Award Software continues to expand its research and development efforts to create innovative new products for the growing computer and embedded systems industries. Corporate headquarters are in Mountain View, Calif., and the company has offices in North Andover, Mass., Germany, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan. For more information, e-mail info@award.com.

The company's stock is traded on the Nasdaq National Market under the symbol AWRD.

The statements in this news release, other than the historical financial information, may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties including those associated with the acceptance of new technology and products, Award Software's ability to respond to technological change and other market conditions that could cause actual results to differ materially. Further information on factors that could affect the company's results are detailed in Award Software's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended Dec. 31, 1996, and on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 1997, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

CONTACTS:
Toni Goodrich
Award Software International

Terri Thorson
Motorola Computer Group

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Stapleton Communications Inc.

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