The latest huge netbook announcement comes from Phoenix Technologies, whose HyperSpace mobile platform has just been released in European markets.
Phoenix is mostly known for its BIOS firmware, but has diversified its computing products greatly, recently including netbooks in the expansion. HyperSpace debuted at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress. The most interesting factor in the new release is the quick-boot functionality it hinted at earlier this year at CES 2009.
Phoenix’s VP of business development talked about the ways HyperSpace will help netbooks quite confidently, saying that it will bring the “phone experience” – complete access, all the time. “With a 1GHz ARM chip, these systems will be on a par with the [Intel] Atom world.”
HyperSpace is a Linux-based platform, which can be installed by users or preloaded by vendors. It is supported on machines running Intel or AMD chips – that is to say, basically every netbook. Phoenix is also releasing HyperSpace on ARM netbooks.
Booting your machine in under 15 seconds is a brilliantly attractive option. HyperSpace also boosts battery life by up to a massive 30% against an identical configuration running Windows. Linux is usually more efficient than Windows on any machine, but usually not that much.
That isn’t all, either. Phoenix’s new netbook product can offer “seamless roaming between Wi-Fi, 3G and wired networks,” once more in the mobile phone style. Phoenix wants netbooks to go whenever and wherever instantly, and its new release is improving upon what has made netbooks so popular in the first place. “If you close the lid, it suspends. If you open the lid again, it comes back right where you left off,” said the VP.
If HyperSpace is all it’s hyped up to be, netbooks could see massive improvements in the near future. Be sure to check out our previous article about HyperSpace and netbook quick-boot technology for more info.