Award Software

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Award BIOS during booting

Award Software International Inc. was a BIOS manufacturer founded in 1983,[1] and headquartered in Mountain View, California, United States.[2][3]

History[edit]

On 24 October 1996, Award Software International Inc. announced its initial public offering.[4]

On 16 June 1997, Award Software International Inc. announced the acquisition of BIOS upgrades provider Unicore Software, Inc.[5] making it a subsidiary of Award.[6]

On 16 April 1998, Phoenix Technologies Ltd. and Award Software International Inc. announced the completion of a definitive merger agreement, where Phoenix Technologies Ltd. would become the surviving corporate entity following the merger completion on 30 June 1998.[7] The merger was completed on 28 September 1998.[8]

After merger[edit]

After the Phoenix–Award merger, later revisions of Award BIOS still attribute copyright to Award Software Inc instead of Phoenix Technologies Ltd., including the UEFI firmware.

Subsidiaries[edit]

  • Award Software Europe
  • Award Software Hong Kong, Ltd
  • Award Software Japan, KK: Established in 1997-06-03.[9]
  • Award Software International, Inc.
  • Unicore Software, Inc.

Products[edit]

  • AwardBIOS: It is a BIOS developed by Award Software, and later Phoenix Technologies.
  • CardWare: It is a PC Card software product.[10]
  • EliteBIOS: It is the system management software product that Award Software designs, develops and markets to the manufacturers of desktop, server, mobile and embedded systems.[11]
  • PC DIAG: Diagnostic software
  • CheckIt POSTcard: Power On Self Test system diagnostic board[12]
    • ISA POSTcard: ISA Diagnostic hardware
    • PCI POSTcard: PCI Diagnostic hardware
  • Preboot Manager
  • SMSAccess: System management software suite[13]
    • DMIAccess: Desktop Management Interface utilities
    • LMAccess: Microsoft Windows NT and Windows 95-based hardware status monitoring and alarm application[14]
    • MPCAccess
    • RPBAccess: Remote, preboot diagnostic and repair software[15]
  • USBAccess: It is a USB-host software targeted for consumer electronics and embedded device manufacturers.[16][17]
  • WWWAccess: Product suite for Internet appliance applications using Intel x86 embedded design.[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Key Dates". award.com. Archived from the original on 1997-05-21. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  2. ^ "Award Software at a Glance." Award Software. February 16, 1998. Retrieved on May 6, 2009.
  3. ^ "How to Contact Award Software." Award Software. February 16, 1998. Retrieved on May 6, 2009.
  4. ^ Award Software International Announces IPO
  5. ^ Award Software Acquires Leading BIOS Upgrade Provider Unicore Software
  6. ^ "Time running out for PCs at big companies." CNN. June 30, 1998. Retrieved on May 6, 2009.
  7. ^ Phoenix Technologies Ltd. and Award Software Agree to Merge
  8. ^ Phoenix Completes Award Merger and Sand Acquisition
  9. ^ AWARD SOFTWARE ESTABLISHES A JAPANESE SUBSIDIARY
  10. ^ Award Software International® Inc. Introduces CardWare® 5.0 for Microsoft Window NT 4.0
  11. ^ AWARD SOFTWARE EliteBIOS SUPPORTS INTEL-COMPATIBLE CENTAUR IDT-C6™ MICROPROCESSOR
  12. ^ Unicore Software, Inc CheckIt POSTcard POSTcard mini and PCI POSTcard Power On Self Test (POST) System Diagnostic Board Version 2.0 User’s Manual
  13. ^ Award Announces Total Software Solution for x86 Intel Embedded Products
  14. ^ Award Software and Motorola Computer Group Join in Embedded Motherboard Technology Relationship
  15. ^ Award Software International® Inc. Introduces Remote, Preboot Diagnostic and Repair Software
  16. ^ Award Software Announces First USB Host-Enabling Software for Embedded Systems, Consumer Electronics Products
  17. ^ Award Software Announces USBAccess™ Support for Wind River Systems’ Tornado
  18. ^ Award Software and Access Join in Strategic Alliance to Offer Internet Appliance Software Solution Including Windows Applications
  19. ^ AWARD SOFTWARE INTERNATIONAL® INC. ACQUIRES WILLOWS SOFTWARE MIDDLEWARE FOR EMBEDDED, REAL-TIME AND UNIX SYSTEMS

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