Phoenix Technologies' fortunes rise every time a computer maker decides to employ its software to fire up their PCs. The company develops basic input/output systems (BIOS) -- the software that loads a computer's operating system (OS) each time it is turned on. BIOS software also manages the settings and connections between the OS and basic hardware, such as the keyboard and monitor. Core system software (CSS) is the modern form of BIOS software that the company provides, primarily through its Phoenix SecureCore, SecureCore Tiano, and Embedded BIOS products. Phoenix Technologies also makes similar software for manufacturers of other computer peripherals and electronics.