Sharp Selects Phoenix Core Managed Environment FirstBIOS Notebook Pro

3/16/2004 - Phoenix Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: PTEC), the company driving the global core system software standard in PC systems and connected digital devices for 25 years, announced that Sharp Corporation has integrated Phoenix Core Managed Environment (cMETM) FirstBIOS Notebook Pro into their new mobile notebook PC models, Actius MM20 for US market and Mebius MURAMASA MM2 series sold in Japan. This adoption of Phoenix cME is the most recent of several moves by Sharp to standardize on Phoenix Core System Software for its PC products.

"Phoenix has been an instrumental partner for Sharp," said Dr. Makoto Nakamura, Division General Manager of Mobile Computing Systems Division of ICSG, Sharp Corp., Japan. "Its products have allowed us to reduce time to market and add innovation and differentiation to our product lines. Through our continued partnership with Phoenix, we will increase customer satisfaction and improve the user's experience by implementing Phoenix's advanced firmware solutions at the heart of our consumer devices."

Phoenix cME FirstBIOS sits at the core of Sharp's innovative new notebooks, Actius MM20 and Mebius MURAMASA MM2 series, which are based on Transmeta's new Efficeon microprocessor. Sharp's new notebook will be widely available also in the US soon. These shipments are part of the Phoenix commitment to support the widest range of silicon available, which in turn enables the latest CPU technology and product innovations. Phoenix cME FirstBIOS also allows Sharp to support a variety of system designs, including new chipsets.

Sharp has been incorporating Phoenix cME FirstBIOS into their notebook and tablet PCs since mid-2003. The company will continue its transition to Phoenix Core System Software for the rollout of future products.

"Because Sharp is such a strong industry electronics leader, their decision to go with Phoenix for its newest family of notebooks illustrates the growing adoption of Phoenix Core System Software and tools in the Japanese market," said Michael Goldgof, Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Products Division for Phoenix. "Our goal is simple. We will continue to lead technology development at the core of digital devices. This enables our customers, such as Sharp Corporation, to deliver innovative products with strong advantages for the marketplace."

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 leveraged that core-level experience to develop Core System Software, which moves beyond BIOS for the age of networked devices. Today, Phoenix solutions activate, secure, connect, and recover the world's best-known systems. These solutions operate from the Phoenix Core Managed Environment (cME), where they're built in and protected from viruses, user errors, hackers, and corruption. Phoenix is headquartered in Milpitas, Calif. USA (Silicon Valley), with offices in global business and technology centers. For more information about Phoenix Technologies, visit our Web site at

Phoenix, Phoenix Technologies, cME, and FirstBIOS are registered trademarks of Phoenix Technologies.

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