On Monday, the Milpitas, Calif. vendor unveiled a Linux-based virtualization platform called Hyperspace.
Based on the HyperCore hypervisor developed by Phoenix and embedded within its popular BIOS, Hyperspace provides a thin software layer upon which cut-down versions of popular open-source software can be loaded instantly without the need to boot up Windows, said Woody Hobbs, Phoenix's CEO, in a telephone interview.
"We call this embedded simplicity, or PC 3.0," Hobbs said. The goal is to allow faster access to applications such as Web browsers, e-mail programs, or video players on notebooks running Windows.
Such quick-launch capability is common in smart devices such as PDAs or smartphones, and some ultra-mobile devices offer similar functionality with features such as AVN Now. But currently Windows-running PCs must either go through a lengthy boot process or wake up from standby mode -- still a hiccupy feature in many laptops.