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Phoenix Technologies Demos Newest Generation of Its Firmbase(R) Run-Time OS for Embedded Applications at ESC Silicon Valley 2009

March 30, 2009

Company Will Also Demonstrate HyperSpace(TM) for ARM-based Netbooks

SAN JOSE, Calif., March 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Embedded Systems Conference, Phoenix Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: PTEC), the leader in PC 3.0(TM) products, services and embedded technologies, today announced that it will demonstrate the next-generation of Phoenix Firmbase, a run-time operating environment that supports the operation of firmware applications independent from the foreground operating system. Also at ESC Silicon Valley 2009 in San Jose, from March 31 to April 2, Phoenix will offer demos of its quick boot platform optimized for Embedded BIOS(R) firmware that can start a system in less than 100 milliseconds, and HyperSpace, an instant-on, always connected operating environment for netbooks and laptops, that can run independently or alongside Windows. Demonstrations will take place in Phoenix’s Booth 439.

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Phoenix Firmbase runs outside of the foreground OS even if the main operating system is disabled, providing system developers with significant advantages in developing firmware-based applications for security, high availability, provisioning and other embedded capabilities. Demonstrations will showcase how Phoenix Firmbase applications can dramatically improve system availability by monitoring system performance, capturing key events or changes, alerting systems managers and performing pre-defined functions to correct or prevent system errors.

“This second generation version of Phoenix Firmbase is a continuation of the powerful security, high availability, and remote management functions that have been synonymous with our technology from the beginning and cements Phoenix’s leadership in embedded systems,” said Steve Jones, Vice President and Chief Scientist of Core Systems Software at Phoenix Technologies. “Our vision of Embedded Simplicity for x86 and ARM-based devices means these systems simply perform with the same ease and reliability we’ve come to expect from our smartphones.”

Attendees will have the option to control server loads that mimic a denial-of-service attack and overload a 4U server in a 19″ rack then watch as Phoenix’s OS Monitor, a part of Phoenix Firmbase Technology, detects the load condition and alerts IT staff with email messages to an iPhone and SNMP alerts via browser.

A second interactive demonstration will show Phoenix Firmbase at work rescuing a set top box, which are often subject to failure from harsh environmental conditions and demands from a long field life. A heat lamp will simulate extreme temperature changes while attendees will witness Phoenix’s Hardware Monitor, a part of Phoenix Firmbase, note the change and alert IT staff with iPhone email messages and SNMP alerts via browser. This self-detection of hardware degradation enables IT staff to prevent service failures or replace aging equipment ahead of a hardware breakdown.

Visitors to the Phoenix booth will also see HyperSpace for ARM-based netbooks, the leading instant-on, always connecting, all day computing environment that provides maximum performance for netbook users and gives mobile PC users the options of instant access to the applications they use most without the downtime or battery drain of Windows.

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 embedded 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.”

About Phoenix Technologies Ltd.

Phoenix Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: PTEC) is the global market leader in system firmware that provides the most secure foundation for today’s computing environments. The PC industry’s top system builders and specifiers trust Phoenix to pioneer open standards and deliver innovative solutions that will help them differentiate their systems, reduce time-to-market and increase their revenues. The Company’s flagship products and services — Phoenix SecureCore, Embedded BIOS, Phoenix FailSafe, HyperSpace, BeInSync and eSupport.com — 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.

Phoenix, Phoenix Technologies, Phoenix SecureCore, Embedded BIOS, Phoenix FailSafe, HyperSpace, HyperSpace Hybrid, HyperSpace Dual, HyperSpace Netbook, PC 3.0, BeInSync, eSupport and the Phoenix Technologies logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Phoenix Technologies Ltd. All other marks are the marks of their respective owners.

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    Phoenix Technologies Ltd.
    Global Press Office
    Tel : +1 408 570 1060
    public_relations@phoenix.com

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