Phoenix Technologies Launches HyperSpace
"Phoenix launches their motherboard embedded operating system."
Published: 8th November 2007 | Source: Phoenix Technologies |
Nearly a month ago, ASUS released a motherboard bearing an embedded Linux-based operating system called SplashTop developed by DeviceVM. Now other companies are getting in on the embedded OS idea.
Recently, well-known BIOS developer Phoenix Technologies announced the launching of their own embedded OS, dubbed HyperSpace. HyperSpace provides a platform for software developers to create applications that can be embedded into new computers, providing endless possibilities for security measures and other content. Imagine being able to scan your hard drive for viruses and other destructive software without having to touch your normal OS. Other possible applications include instant-on multi-media players, IP soft phones, email, instant messaging, Web 2.0 browsing, etc.
HyperSpace is powered by Phoenix's HyperCore, a lightweight Zoned Virtual Machine Monitor (ZVMM) that runs specialized core services side-by-side with Windows, which is embedded into the motherboard's BIOS.
HyperSpace is optimized to utilize technologies built into Intel's Core™ 2 Duo, vPro™ and Centrino™ Pro processors, such as Intel(R) Virtualization Technology and Intel(R) Trusted Execution Technology.
Phoenix has also announced that they will be optimizing HyperSpace for AMD technologies as well, such as AMD-V and input/output memory management unit (IOMMU).
"HyperSpace offers a revolutionary transformation of the user experience. PC system vendors gain the ability to remotely restore customers' PCs and deliver security that is far more powerful than what is possible today. In addition, PC users can avail of one-click access to everything from media, messages, safe shopping and web browsing, gaining the parallel computing experience they have always wanted," said Dr. Gaurav Banga, CTO & SVP of Engineering at Phoenix Technologies.
"AMD believes the PC is the next frontier for virtualization technology, and Phoenix is an exciting and early innovator. HyperSpace and the Phoenix concept of Embedded Simplicity™ promise a revolutionary computing experience that delivers the ease-of-use consumers and business professionals demand," said Emile Ianni, Corporate Vice President, Platform Solutions Engineering, AMD. "By taking full advantage of AMD's advanced graphics and virtualization performance innovations, HyperSpace promises to deliver an optimal virtualized computing experience that delivers the true performance, security and graphics potential that is possible from AMD technology. AMD's leadership in virtualization in PC processors, chipsets, and graphics processors, combined with Phoenix's leadership in platform-level software solutions, provide a formidable ecosystem that is enabling new and exciting ways to evolve virtualization technology from the datacenter and into the PC."
Phoenix is currently working with industry partners, PC OEM manufacturers, ISVs, and Web 2.0 providers to develop top-quality embedded solutions.
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