Tiqit Computers Selects Embedded BIOS™ 2000 for its New Windows XP Handheld PC -- the eightythree

7/16/2002 - General Software, Inc., the leading supplier of x86 embedded firmware, announced today that Tiqit Computers has selected the Embedded BIOS™ 2000 Adaptation Kit for its new handheld PC, the "eightythree." Powered by Embedded BIOS, running the Microsoft Windows XP Professional Edition operating system, and based on National Semiconductor’s high-performance, low-power Geode processor, the eightythree takes mobile computing to a new level of functionality.

Tiqit selected this particular configuration for several reasons. National’s Geode processor met Tiqit’s requirements for reduced cost, size, heat output, and long battery life. For reliability, enterprise software compatibility, and comprehensive OS features, Tiqit chose Windows XP. Additionally, by selecting Embedded BIOS 2000, they realized maximum flexibility and retained control of the BIOS project.

Truly a handheld PC, the eightythree is more portable than a laptop PC and yet capable of running the full range of desktop corporate software. As a result of its small form factor and user interface, the eightythree can be used while standing and walking. For input, the eightythree has a thumb keyboard, a touchstick mouse, and a touchscreen with natural handwriting recognition. The unit’s high-density, lithium-ion battery allows more than four hours of constant use.

"We selected General Software’s Embedded BIOS 2000 for the eightythree project because of its comprehensive documentation, source code, and the ability for us to build BIOS binaries in house," commented Henry Berg, Tiqit Computers president. "Other vendors simply could not offer that level of empowerment."

"Tiqit’s eightythree handheld PC is an exciting, innovative mobile platform," said Charmaine Gravning, product manager for Windows Client at Microsoft Corp. "General Software’s Embedded BIOS Adaptation Kit and Windows XP make it easy to support reliable custom hardware designs such as the eightythree."

"General Software’s Embedded BIOS 2000 is a great enabler of the low-power/high performance capabilities of National’s Geode processor," said Jeff Waters, Director of the Consumer Access Business Unit at National Semiconductor. "Through the combination of Embedded BIOS, Microsoft Windows XP and the Geode processor, Tiqit’s ultra-small, high performance eightythree handheld PC takes mobile computing to the next level of functionality."

"The eightythree has been an exciting project for all involved -- a real collaboration of hardware, software, and firmware," said Matthew J. Schiltz, General Software president and CEO. "The power of Embedded BIOS 2000 and Tiqit’s willingness to embrace our business model, helped their unique design became a reality. Not only are they a great customer but a valued business partner."

About Tiqit Computers
Located in Redwood City, California, Tiqit Computers is a highly focused design firm dedicated to developing a new class of x86-based handheld computers that meet today’s enterprise mobile computing needs.

About Embedded BIOS™ 2000
Embedded BIOS delivers a comprehensive BIOS development environment for x86 embedded systems. The modular architecture of the Embedded BIOS Adaptation Kit allows an OEM to support multiple, on-going BIOS adaptations while leveraging existing libraries of CPU, chipset, and board-specific features. Embedded BIOS addresses the entire lifecycle of embedded products, from board bring-up, configuration prototyping, testing with system diagnostics, and product manufacturing to in-field diagnostics and software reload. Features include an integrated debugger; console redirection; highly configurable POST; graphical/audio POST; ROM, RAM, and Flash file systems; support for a host of industry initiatives; and much more. Embedded BIOS supports industry-standard operating systems that run on PC-compatible hardware, including the full spectrum of Windows, Linux, and real-time operating systems.

About General Software, Inc.
General Software, a Windows Embedded Partner Program Gold-level member, provides superior enabling firmware and world-class support for OEM manufacturers of telecommunications, data communications, consumer electronics, dedicated servers, and other specialized computing devices. General Software’s well-architected and reliable firmware products reduce risk, speed development, and address embedded OEM product lifecycle needs. For more information about General Software and its embedded firmware, visit www.gensw.com, e-mail product_info@gensw.com, or contact Leslie O’Brien at 800-850-5755 or 425-576-8300.

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