Phoenix cME FirstBIOS to Boot Up NEC New Mobile and Desktop PCs

7/23/2003 - Phoenix Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: PTEC), the company driving the global core system software standard in hundreds of millions of PC systems and connected digital devices for over two decades, announced that NEC Corporation has adopted Phoenix Core Managed EnvironmentTM (cME) FirstBIOSTM Notebook Pro and Phoenix cMETM FirstBIOSTM Desktop for their new models to be introduced this summer. NEC and Phoenix have been partners for over ten years. NEC is now implementing Phoenix's latest core system software Phoenix cME FirstBIOS in their Phoenix enabled models worldwide.

In addition to being a leading supplier of core system software in the PC desktop market, Phoenix also continues to be one of the leading suppliers in Notebook computers. Notebooks, part of the mobile computing segment, are one of the fastest growth segments in the PC category, and IDC estimates that worldwide shipments of notebook computers will grow from 36 million in 2003 to 43 Million in 2004, a 19% gain.

"With NEC's adoption of Phoenix cME FirstBIOS, Phoenix continues to strengthen its position as the global leader in core system software. We are very pleased with the rapid acceptance of cME FirstBIOS throughout our OEM customer base. We continue to innovate and drive new technologies into our next generation BIOS, supporting our customers as they continue to add value to the products they bring to market," said Timothy D. Eades, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Corporate Marketing and Product Division for Phoenix.

About Phoenix cME and Phoenix cME FirstBIOS
Phoenix Core Managed Environment (cME) FirstBIOS is the third generation of core system software that gives manufacturers improved performance and powerful security for their devices. It delivers the compatibility and functionality that allows them to customize their products to a wide range of designs while improving their time to market. cME FirstBIOS is the foundation for Phoenix cME, an open software platform that enables the management and integration of functionality into the heart of digital devices. Applications and technologies such as utilities, productivity, security, and content delivery tools, can all be accessed independently and in support of the operating system from the cME platform. Both the cME platform and FirstBIOS solutions are available for PCs, servers, embedded systems and information appliances.

About NEC Corporation
NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY) (FTSE: 6701q.l) is one of the world's leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its diverse and global base of customers. Ranked as one of the world's top patent-producing companies, NEC delivers tailored solutions in the key fields of computer, networking and electron devices, by integrating its technical strengths in IT and Networks, and by providing advanced semiconductor solutions through NEC Electronics Corporation. The NEC Group employs more than 140,000 people worldwide and had net sales of approximately $40 billion in the fiscal year ended March 2003. For additional information, please visit the NEC home page at:

About Phoenix
Founded in 1979, Phoenix Technologies (NASDAQ: PTEC) helped launch the digital revolution when it created the industry's leading machine-independent BIOS software, which ships in more than 100 million new systems each year. Phoenix continues to leverage that core-level experience to develop many other vital solutions at multiple points in the foundation of PCs and other digital devices. Today, Phoenix solutions activate, secure, connect, and recover the world's best-known systems. These solutions operate from a Core Managed Environment (cME), where they're built in and protected from viruses, user errors, hackers, and corruption. Phoenix is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. USA (Silicon Valley), with offices in global business and technology centers. For more information about Phoenix Technologies, visit our website at

Phoenix and Phoenix Technologies are registered trademarks of Phoenix Technologies.

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