You really shouldn't have to wait three minutes or more to use your laptop or desktop computer while it chugs along to boot up your Windows operating system. And if Phoenix Technologies CEO Woody Hobbs has anything to say about it, you won't.
Phoenix says its new technology called HyperSpace will ignite a "PC revolution" by transforming the mobile personal computing experience. The technology will provide an "instant-on" capability, quickly offering its users the ability to launch specially designed applications such as multi-media players, IP soft phones, email, instant messaging, Web 2.0 browsing and more, all by simply hitting the F4 button.
"For most of us, today's computing experience is a lot like air travel - offering tremendous possibilities, but plagued with security issues, delays and system failures," said Hobbs. "HyperSpace introduces a new framework to transform the personal computing experience through purpose-driven appliances that work within the HyperSpace environment. Working together with our partners within the PC ecosystem, we believe HyperSpace will ignite a new revolution of innovation built on the foundation of embedded simplicity."
Phoenix says that HyperSpace will deliver a high-performance, low battery-consumption environment that will enable mobile PC users to be productive at all times. The platform is enabled by an efficient hypervisor called the "HyperCore" which is embedded within the core system firmware or BIOS. HyperCore is a lightweight Zoned Virtual Machine Monitor (ZVMM) that runs specialized core services side-by-side with Windows.
This isn't the first time vendors have attempted to create such an offering. Products have popped up and disappeared over time with little to no fanfare, however, as operating systems continue to add features, functionality, security, etc. and continue to slow down the boot time, their time may have come. Not long ago, another instant-on technology called Splashtop hit the scene with limited distribution. However unlike Splashtop, HyperSpace can be invoked at any time, not just before the OS boots.
It doesn't sound like Phoenix is trying to completely replace the need for virtualization or the desktop operating system. At least not yet. It looks like there will be a limited amount of applications written for the technology, and it seems like it may be very controlled. In doing so, while limiting the applications, hopefully it will add to the security of the offering and keep the PC safe from malware.
Phoenix is already working with most major PC manufacturers, although they aren't naming names as of yet. But the company is expecting that vendors will start to integrate the new HyperSpace technology into laptops somewhere within the next six to nine months.