Award Software in the PressFeb. 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 Awards APIAccess and Access NetFront.
The browser in Access NetFront suite has been ported to APIAccess, the Win32® API-compatible library component of Awards 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."
Awards 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 Award Software
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 Softwares 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 companys results are detailed in Award Softwares 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.
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