Hewlett-Packard (HP) has bought assets from Phoenix Technologies, including the 'instant-on' operating system HyperSpace, for $12 million.
In addition to HyperSpace, the products HP has acquired include Phoenix's HyperCore and Phoenix Flip.
HyperSpace is a Linux-based OS developed by Phoenix that allows devices to boot up instantly - an important feature for mobile devices such as tablets or netbooks, as it allows users to play music or DVDs without a lengthy wait for Windows to start.
Other technologies acquired by HP are focused on client virtualisation, including HyperCore, a system that allows users to run specialised services other than Windows on HyperSpace systems.
The sale is a part of Phoenix's plan to let go of 'non-core assets' and focus more on its CSS (Core Systems Software) business.
Tom Lacey, president and CEO of Phoenix, said: “We are very pleased that HP has agreed to acquire these assets relating to Phoenix's HyperSpace, given HP's rich history of innovation and product differentiation.”