Instant-On Applications On A Chip

Heavy multi-taskers know the pain that only someone who has tried to encode a movie while opening a web browser, word processor and a multi-IM program can know: the most annoying wait of the average day.

Sure, some technology has promised to fix this, especially hybrid and solid-state disk drives, but both of those technologies aren't quite ready for prime time just yet.  Enter the Milpitas based Phoenix Technologies and their latest idea:

“Essentially, the applications become self-contained software appliances that can be embedded into new computers by system vendors. Applications can include such frequently used ones as instant-on instant messaging, e-mail, Web browsing, shopping, or video playback.

The company said that the approach, aside from reducing wait time, allows one-click remote system maintenance and repair, lower battery consumption, and embedded security.

The platform itself is a virtualized environment, with a Phoenix hypervisor called HyperCore that is embedded in the BIOS. The company said that HyperCore is a virtual machine monitor that "runs specialized core services side-by-side with Windows." Phoenix is now in the process of collaborating with various OEMs to provide what it described as a foundation for PC 3.0.”

The additional benefits are nice, but to be honest they had us at reduced wait time.  How about you?  Let us know by adding your own feedback.