There’s been a lot of talk over the last year or so about “instant on” operating systems for netbooks and laptops. The idea is that instead of using the sleep and resume functions on a full operating system like Windows, you can boot a quick-start environment like Splashtop or Hyperspace in just a few seconds to get online, surf the web, make Skype calls, or listen to music.
The problem is that just a few seconds usually means 15-20 seconds or longer. Since it doesn’t take much longer than that to boot Windows, and takes even less time to resume from suspend mode, I don’t really see much use in these quick start operating systems. But Phoenix has a new technology that could change things… a bit. It’s a quick-booting BIOS.
The idea is that part of the reason it takes a while for any computer operating system to do a cold boot is because the BIOS takes at least a few seconds to load before you even start loading the operating system. Phoenix has a new Instant Boot BIOS that Laptop Magazine says can load in just 1 second on supported hardware. That’s 5 to 10 times faster than most BIOS boot times.
You can watch a video of the Phoenix Instant Boot BIOS at Laptop Magazine. Just make sure not to blink.