Phoenix resurrects the idea of instant-on PCs

Interesting to see that Phoenix, the BIOS specialist, has resurrected its idea of about five years ago for instant-on extensions to a notebook PC's operating system.

This time around, Phoenix is calling its concept HyperSpace, and claims that the sheer processing power of modern notebook chipsets is sufficient to allow multiple operating system environments to co-exist alongside each other.

The idea with HyperSpace is that the BIOS of the notebook PC can boot up to a simple Web browser, email application or similar, within a few tenths of a second, without requiring the full operating system to be loaded.

Using this approach would, for example, allow a notebook users to `flip on' their machine, send and receive a few emails and `flip off' a minute or so later, without having to load or unload the operating system.

The good news is that Phoenix is also touting the BIOS extension as being very suitable for anti-virus applications, since these could run as parallel applications alongside the main operating system on the notebook's chipset.

This would, in effect, make the IT security software of the notebook PC all but impervious to any malware, since it would be running in a parallel environment.

So far Phoenix seems to have attracted IBM's Lenovo operation and and McAfee to the HyperSpace cause, but the real work will be in persuading the rest of the software community to support the initiative.

Given Vista's astonishingly crap ability to truly multi-task executable programs (dontcha just lurve those pop-up messages -Ed) I think Phoenix could be on to something.

Read more on HyperSpace here...