Award Software in the Press

Feb. 2, 1998

Award Software and Access Join in Strategic Alliance to Offer Internet Appliance Software Solution Including Windows Applications

Mountain View, Calif. — Award Software International® Inc. (Nasdaq:AWRD), a leading provider of PC system management software and Internet enabling software for embedded systems, and Access Co., a leader in Internet appliance software, today announced a strategic alliance in which Award and Access will jointly develop and market Internet appliance software solutions which integrate Award’s APIAccess™ and Access’ NetFront™.

The browser in Access’ NetFront suite has been ported to APIAccess, the Win32® API-compatible library component of Award’s WWWAccess. Access extends their NetFront consumer Internet appliance software solution to include Win32 capabilities. With Access’ comprehensive and full-featured software, Award has added additional operating system and browser options for its WWWAccess customers.

"This alliance benefits manufacturers of Internet devices worldwide by augmenting WWWAccess's already rich environment with the Access NetFront Browser, E-mail client, operating system and optional modules," said George Huang, Award Software's Chief Executive Officer. "Time-to-market is critical in this fast-paced industry, and together, Award and Access can help broaden the global availability of leading edge, Internet-enabled consumer products."

"The integrated products give the Internet appliance manufacturers the power to use APIAccess to port their own Windows applications to a variety of operating systems and hardware platforms more quickly than ever," said Toru Arakawa, CEO of Access. "Award's APIAccess benefits the manufacturers with flexibility and time-to-market advantages of developing software using the most popular Windows development tools on standard PCs long before hardware is ready."

Award’s WWWAccess is the first Windows 32-bit software solution for designers of embedded systems and Internet devices across different real-time operating systems and on multiple hardware platforms. The product is a complete BIOS-to-Browser software solution for use in products such as Internet telephones, network computers, and set-top boxes. WWWAccess, through APIAccess, enables Windows® software to run on many different architectures, including ARM, PowerPC and x86. APIAccess facilitates the development of Win32® applications for Internet devices and embedded systems by enabling developers to use existing Windows applications and familiar Windows development tools.

Access NetFront is a modularized, comprehensive embedded software suite for designing consumer Internet appliances. NetFront offers system designers a cost-effective, turnkey solution with software modules and open APIs that consist of a WWW browser, Email, HTML parser, Internet protocol stack and network communication modules. It supports HTML3.2 and frames and offers a Java Virtual Machine compatible module called JV-Lite™. This JV-Lite is extremely compact, allowing very efficient use of even the smallest memory resources. Other key features include the support of HTML push broadcasting, electronic commerce security modules, IrDA remote data protocols, personal information manager (PIM) function, and a smart phone extension.

About Access
Access, with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, and an office in Santa Clara, California, is a leading Internet software company with its flagship product, NetFront™, that focuses on the consumer information appliance market. NetFront is a comprehensive embedded software suite for Internet access, electronic mail and network interface for a variety of open operating systems and CPU platforms. About one million units of NetFront have been shipped and it is currently being licensed to Sharp, Mitsubishi Electric, Matsushita, and JVC for Internet-TVs; NEC, Sharp, Fujitsu, Mitsubishi and Casio for word processors; EPSON for Intranet terminals and Seiko Instruments and Fujitsu for PDAs and cellular phones. Since its inception, Access has been profitable and has established close working relationships with leading worldwide consumer electronics companies. Contact Access on the World Wide Web at

About Award Software
Award Software provides system management software (SMS) for personal computers and embedded systems. Award's cornerstone PC SMS product, BIOS, is marketed to computer and motherboard manufacturers, and is included in 60 percent of all x86-based desktops and servers worldwide. Additional Award PC products include software to facilitate system administration and reduce total cost of ownership through remote administration, diagnostics, and repair; enhanced support for PC Cards; and BIOS upgrades to extend the useful life of existing PCs. Award also offers a complete line of products for manufacturers of embedded and real time systems including turnkey Internet appliance-enabling software, Win32 compatible libraries, USB host and device connectivity software, and BIOS for embedded x86 systems. Award Software, headquartered in Silicon Valley, has offices in Germany, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan and the US. For more information, email

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 filings.

The statements in this news release, other than the historical information, may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties including those associated with the acceptance of new technology and products for the Internet and embedded systems market, 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 September 30, 1997, as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Toni Goodrich
Manager, Marketing Communications
Award Software International

Ellen Brook/Deborah Stapleton
Stapleton Communications Inc.

Joe Leung
Access USA

Masahito Koike
Access Japan

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