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This excerpt taken from the PTEC 10-K filed Dec 14, 2006.

Phoenix CSS

Phoenix’s CSS products include:

Phoenix TrustedCore

Phoenix TrustedCore® is our current primary CSS product group, and consists of the firmware that runs many of today’s computers. TrustedCore supports and enables the compatibility, connectivity, security, and manageability of the various components of modern desktop and notebook PCs, network-connected servers and embedded computing systems. TrustedCore enhancements released during fiscal year 2006 are primarily related to add-ons and plug-ins designed to secure access to the device and data and to provide license policy enforcement.

In addition, the TrustedCore products can be easily customized to meet the configuration requirements of various target markets using development tools that we offer. For example, we offer a visual development environment, Phoenix CoreArchitectTM, which is integrated with Microsoft’s Visual Studio .NET, and provides our ODM and OEM partners with modular design and leading-edge visual development tools to deliver improved time to market and better return on investments in firmware development.

Award BIOS

Phoenix Award BIOSTM product family supports fast time to market and low cost for high volume PC and digital device electronics design and manufacturing companies. Typically these manufacturers operate on short design and product life cycles, and there is tremendous cost competition among them. Phoenix Award BIOS delivers the standards-based features, simplicity and small code size necessary for this dynamic market segment.


This product was the predecessor to TrustedCore. The Company made the decision during fiscal year 2006 to discontinue sale of the FirstBIOSTM family of products as it believed the market was adequately served by our other two CSS product lines.


Developments in Core System Software

Over recent years, the Company, along with other key partners, have pioneered a new overall design concept for Core System Software known as Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (“UEFI”), which is now supported by a wide industry consortium, including Microsoft, Intel and AMD. Under this design concept and open industry standard, firmware becomes somewhat more modular and standardized than had previously been the case, allowing for individual developers to build add-ons, or plug-ins to standard interface specifications, and hence to deliver products that may be incorporated with UEFI compliant firmware platforms from a variety of vendors.

The TrustedCore architecture today incorporates the UEFI standards, and hence supports various device drivers and value added service offerings known as add-ons and plug-ins that we and others intend to sell in the future.

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