Phoenix Embedded Firmware Supports Latest Additions to the Intel(R) Atom(TM) Processor Z5xx Series Platform for Embedded Computing

March 4, 2009

MILPITAS, Calif., March 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Phoenix Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: PTEC), the global leader in core systems software and embedded technologies, today announced that its Embedded BIOS(R) supports the latest options for the Intel(R) Atom(TM) processor Z5xx series and the Intel(R) System Controller Hub (SCH) US15W, including an industrial temperature range and larger footprint versions with 1.0 mm ball pitch.

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The Intel(R) SCH US15WP and the Intel(R) SCH US15WPT take advantage of the combined functionality normally found in separate GMCH (integrated graphics, processor interface, memory controller) and ICH (on-board and end-user I/O expansion) components into a single component consuming less than 2.3 W of thermal design power. These and other features provide functionality necessary for traditional operating systems as well as functionality normally associated with handheld or embedded devices.

This low-power, highly integrated system controller hub is validated with the Intel Atom processor Z5xx series, based on Intel(R) 45nm high-k silicon technology, which reduces power consumption, increases switching speed and significantly increases transistor density over previous 65nm technology. Ground-breaking power management techniques such as Deep Power Down Technology (C6), Enhanced Intel SpeedStep(R) technology, CMOS mode and Split IO power supply make the processor ideal for thermally constrained and fanless embedded applications.

“We are excited to support the new additions in this Intel(R) architecture-based processor platform, which provides an ever increasing performance/power ratio for the evolving embedded market,” said Steve Jones, VP and Chief Scientist responsible for core systems software at Phoenix Technologies. “We remain committed to support the latest silicon and technologies from Intel that drive industry innovation and enable OEMs to achieve faster time-to-market at lowered costs.”

Jones added, “Advances in underlying embedded technologies are enabling the rapid growth in the embedded market with software becoming an important source of differentiation in many industries. The worldwide embedded systems market is expected to grow rapidly in the next few years. We are committed to helping our ODM and OEM customers take advantage of this anticipated growth by enabling them with firmware solutions that can help them get to market quickly, reduce project risks and enjoy market differentiation for a wide variety of devices, from all kinds of PCs to telecom/datacom equipment, servers, blades, and other embedded devices including medical, gaming, automotive, kiosks, point-of-sale, DVR, and commercial and military avionics.”

“Intel has added industrial temperature versions to our low-power Intel(R) Atom(TM) processor Z5xx series platform to meet the range of environmental needs of many embedded applications such as point of sale terminals or digital signage used in extreme climates,” said Jonathan Luse, director of marketing, Low Power Embedded Products Division, Intel. “OEMs can use this platform, along with firmware solutions, such as those offered by Phoenix Technologies, to meet the performance-per-watt efficiency, flexible I/O and graphics needs of many market segments.”

Using Phoenix Technologies’ Embedded BIOS(R) with StrongFrame(R) Technology, BIOS developers can produce working prototypes in days, and finish deployments in weeks, thanks to the core’s descriptive configuration management that uses intuitive and descriptive methods rather than assembly language. This type of accelerated deployment is especially essential when working with newly released architecture and a market eager for the new technology. With much less assembly code to write, OEM customers can achieve measurable results much earlier in the development process while at the same time reduce the amount of code that must be validated in system test.

Phoenix Technologies offers rapid, low-risk deployment to the broadest range of the industry’s chipsets, CPUs, and SIO packages. Phoenix’s expert firmware solutions are the fastest way to deploy BIOS on a target with ease and reduced risk. Features provide embedded developers looking to develop a product with all of the options for the Intel Atom processor Z5xx series and Intel System Controller Hub US15W:

  • Increased flexibility and configurability
  • Shorter adaptation time
  • Faster time to market
  • Lower total cost of ownership

Phoenix Technologies is a member of the Intel(R) Embedded and Communications Alliance, a community of communications and embedded developers and solution providers. Customers of Phoenix’ Embedded BIOS(R) have full support for the latest embedded Intel architecture processors as they are introduced.

About Phoenix Technologies’ Embedded BIOS(R) with StrongFrame(R) Technology

StrongFrame(R) Technology is the framework that enables targeted cores to be built for every application, while leveraging common libraries of software across those cores. Embedded BIOS(R) with StrongFrame(R) Technology is the leading firmware offering ODM and OEM manufacturers unsurpassed configuration flexibility, rapid and risk-reducing deployment tools, deep compatibility with x86 industry standards, support for the widest range of embedded chipsets, CPUs, and SIO building blocks, and support for multiple core versions and module versions within the same architectural framework. Embedded BIOS(R) with StrongFrame(R) Technology addresses the entire lifecycle of products, from board bring-up, configuration prototyping, testing with system diagnostics, and product manufacturing to in-field diagnostics and software reload. Original Device Manufacturers (ODMs) choose StrongFrame(R) cores to gain the strength, flexibility, and long life expected from firmware supporting targeted applications that have special requirements, such as targeted PCs, mobile PCs, differentiated mainboards, industrial PCs, servers, telecom/datacom equipment, and embedded devices with unique needs.

Phoenix Technologies’ Embedded BIOS is used for a wide range of applications including Ultra-Mobile PCs, industrial PCs, targeted PCs, differentiated mainboards, telecom/datacom equipment, server, blades, and embedded devices including medical, gaming, kiosks, point-of-sale, DVR, and commercial and military avionics.

About Phoenix Technologies Ltd.

Phoenix Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: PTEC), the leader in PC 3.0(TM) products, services and embedded technologies, pioneers open standards and delivers innovative solutions that enable the PC industry’s top system builders and specifiers to differentiate their systems, reduce time-to-market and increase their revenues. The Company’s flagship products and services — SecureCore, Embedded BIOS, Phoenix FailSafe, HyperSpace, BeInSync and eSupport — are revolutionizing the PC user experience by delivering unprecedented performance, security, reliability, continuity, and ease-of-use. The Company established industry leadership and created the PC clone industry with its original BIOS product in 1983. Phoenix has 159 technology patents and 136 pending applications, and has shipped in over one billion systems. Phoenix is headquartered in Milpitas, California with offices worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.phoenix.com.

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