Phoenix Technologies Launches HyperSpace
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.
"For most of us, today's computing experience is a lot like air travel -- offering tremendous possibilities, but plagued with security issues, delays and system failures," said Woody Hobbs, President & CEO of Phoenix Technologies. "HyperSpace introduces a new framework to transform the personal computing experience through purpose-driven appliances™ that work within the HyperSpace environment. Working together with our partners within the PC ecosystem, we believe HyperSpace will ignite a new revolution of innovation built on the foundation of embedded simplicity."
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.
"Intel(R) Core™ 2 Duo processors and Intel(R) vPro™ processor technology enable the development of more secure and better performing virtualization infrastructure," said Gregory Bryant, Vice President and General Manager for Intel's Digital Office Platform Division. "Intel is pleased to see Phoenix embracing Intel's technologies to deliver innovative products for PC clients."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.
Leslie Fiering, Research VP at Gartner, said, "Client computing combines two worlds -- on one side, users want their work and personal lives to be empowered by an instant-on and always available PC with ubiquitous network access and easy-to-use applications. On the business side, beleaguered IT organizations are working with shrinking budgets and face growing concerns over security. The industry will welcome a solution that holds the promise of satisfying both PC user needs as well as IT remote management and security needs."