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Phoenix BIOS Boots in 1 Second, Loads Win 7

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 64 comments

Not quite instant-on, but very-quickly-on.

One difference between many consumer electronics and the PC is the time it takes from hitting the power button until it's fully functional.

PCs have had to contend with far more complexities in its system, as well as slower storage media such as hard disk drives. While much of that we have to live with, the advent of faster storage solutions such as SSDs make the wait from power-to-desktop shorter.

Now Phoenix has created a new BIOS that will boot (or POST) a PC in just one second. Such a quick boot process means that it can shave a significant portion of the total load time of a cold system, with the rest of the wait being the loading of the operating system.

Phoenix demonstrated its technology on a Lenovo T400s equipped with an SSD. Just one second after the system was powered on, the drive access light began to flicker and a clean Windows 7 was loaded to the desktop in about 10 seconds.

Check out a video of the technology in action at LaptopMag.

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    El_Capitan , September 25, 2009 7:02 PM
    I hope they mark up the price an extra $100 for this special feature. F2, F2, F2.... damn it, missed it again! Reboot... F2, F2, F2... #@$!
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    Anonymous , September 25, 2009 6:46 PM
    Damn, I can't get into the BIOS!

    Where's the Sledge Hammer?
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    gamerjames , September 25, 2009 6:44 PM
    Impressive. Things keep getting more and more convenient :D 
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    gamerjames , September 25, 2009 6:44 PM
    Impressive. Things keep getting more and more convenient :D 
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    tsk_cable , September 25, 2009 6:46 PM
    Subarashi
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    Anonymous , September 25, 2009 6:46 PM
    Damn, I can't get into the BIOS!

    Where's the Sledge Hammer?
  • 37 Hide
    El_Capitan , September 25, 2009 7:02 PM
    I hope they mark up the price an extra $100 for this special feature. F2, F2, F2.... damn it, missed it again! Reboot... F2, F2, F2... #@$!
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    Scotteq , September 25, 2009 7:15 PM
    Quote:
    Subarashi


    Yah - Wonderful ;) 
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    Anonymous , September 25, 2009 7:17 PM
    Seems like the bios is booting devices in parallel instead of in series, and also might make use of faster flash memory.
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    Anonymous , September 25, 2009 7:17 PM
    They'll need to include a set of turnkeys unique to each individual motherboard to allow administrators to get into the system BIOS while at the same time keeping everybody else out. I button would be too simple.

    Honey, Where'd I leave my Keys?

    NOOoo, I did not want the car keys, I wanted the keys to my computer!!!
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    myriad46 , September 25, 2009 7:19 PM
    El_CapitanI hope they mark up the price an extra $100 for this special feature. F2, F2, F2.... damn it, missed it again! Reboot... F2, F2, F2... #@$!

    Wrong Quote, ROFLMAO inteded here.
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    jhansonxi , September 25, 2009 7:22 PM
    While instant-on OSes on a chip like Splashtop are nifty, getting rid of the BIOS for a faster boot would be nice. Of course this means giving up the ability to set the CHS values for your 10MB MFM and RLL drives.
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    SR-71 Blackbird , September 25, 2009 7:31 PM
    this is for the very impatient!
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    El_Capitan , September 25, 2009 7:35 PM
    1 second's too slow. Wake me up when it's .5 seconds, and I might be a little more excited.
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    Manos , September 25, 2009 7:39 PM
    area51reopenedthis is for the very impatient!


    Stop pointing at me ... Its not polite :p 
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    bydesign , September 25, 2009 7:50 PM
    I rarely ever boot my system cold, the just wake from sleep these days.
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    techguy911 , September 25, 2009 7:51 PM
    You guys need to learn to read they said the pc takes ll seconds to boot most new pc's ie i7 with new fast sata 600 or raid will boot that fast this is nothing special.
    My vista 64bit on sata2 loads that fast.
    1 sec for bios and 10 for win7.
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    mcbowler , September 25, 2009 8:11 PM
    Has anyone heard of Suspend to Ram ? STR? S3 ?

    Mine works well. I never need to reboot. Still is a good idea. Microsoft should make a hardware OS that doesn't need to load.
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    techguy911 , September 25, 2009 8:22 PM
    mcbowlerHas anyone heard of Suspend to Ram ? STR? S3 ?Mine works well. I never need to reboot. Still is a good idea. Microsoft should make a hardware OS that doesn't need to load.


    That existed it was called the commodore vic20 as soon as switched it on basic as running instantly.

    Asrock has the time beat on this article they claim 4 seconds to boot from cold to windows.

    www.asrock.com
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    ptroen , September 25, 2009 8:34 PM
    "Microsoft should make a hardware OS that doesn't need to load." I think that's definatly the way to go. Like a PCI Express OS or a OS chipset. The benefit in THEORY would be that you could have a faster OS however given the fact that piracy also exists in hardware and/or could be cloned such as bios was done in the 80s it probably wouldn't be worth it. Also you have SSD's which are pretty fast. But you would gain performance from a pure hardware standpoint.
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    Anonymous , September 25, 2009 8:49 PM
    10 seconds until an available OS huh? We're not quite back at the mid-80s level of snappiness then but we're getting closer.
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