Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, February 5, 2007

Argon Technology announces the global release of their popular PXE on Disk™ product to support USB network adapters using Asix USB2 AX88772 Fast Ethernet controller. PXE on Disk makes the many benefits of network booting available to users of networked devices that are not natively supported by Preboot Execution Environment (PXE) boot agents.

Network booting makes it possible for administrators to deploy new operating systems and applications over the network. They can also perform a number of administrative tasks at start up. Devices that don’t support PXE can still boot from the network if they have a PXE-compliant network adapter. However, non-PCI network adapters don’t support PXE, or any other network booting protocols.
“By providing non-PXE compliant computer (server or desktop) with PXE on Disk, administrators can easily add the benefits of centrally deployed management tools to their entire installed base,” says Conrad Lawes, Argon’s Technical Services Manager.

Using products such as Microsoft’s Remote Installation Services (RIS) or Argon’s Client Management Services® (CMS), system administrators can deploy any Windows OS or application over the network, in minutes. The floppy disk-based version makes it possible for virtually any client to boot from the network.

Through this release Argon has added the ability for customers that want to add the PXE network booting capabilities to their devices that use USB Ethernet to be able to be supported by the PXE enabled boot ROM firmware.

Argon is proud to be the first company to release the USB2 PXE Boot Agent ROM. This boot agent can be integrated into the BIOS of the device to connect to the USB controller.

With the PXE boot agent the devices also have the ability for remote management just as if it were any other Wired for Management compliant device within the corporate network.

OEM Version

Argon also offers a licensed OEM version that allows vendors of desktop management software to integrate PXE on Disk into their applications. Their customers can then create an unlimited number of PXE boot disks.

About Argon Technology Corporation

Argon Technology is a world leader in network booting solutions. The company’s Boot ROM technologies supports all leading manufacturers of networking ASICs and add in cards, as well as desktop management applications. Argon Technology also provides a range of consulting and training services to help customers use network booting to lower PC ownership costs.