Hands-on Video of Phoenix HyperSpace



I’ve had to hold this one under my hat for a bit, but I’ve been playing with HyperSpace from Phoenix Technologies. This is a fast-booting environment that you can use before your notebook or netbook starts up Windows. In this video overview, I have a pre-build, so there’s some missing bells and whistles. However, this should give you a good idea of how HyperSpace can save you time and battery life while on the go. Here’s the HD video on YouTube if you’d prefer it. I’m amazed at how quickly HyperSpace connects to a WiFi hotspot and it will work with supported 3G cards as well. With HyperSpace, you can be in a Mozilla browser very quickly.

We’ve seen this type of technology before but what’s different here is that you can purchase the technology, download it and install it to your own netbook or notebook, if it’s supported. Phoenix will offer two different versions and I cover this in the video. One allows you to switch back and forth between HyperSpace and Windows, while the other is an either/or situation. Watch for www.hyperspace.com to go live as well; users can offer direct input on the product’s evaluation. Highlights from the press release introducing HyperSpace follows this post; note the bit about the HyperSpace Netbook that will be on display. Hmm…

I think some folks could struggle with the annual license fee for HyperSpace, which is $39.95 or $59.95, depending on your choice of Dual or Hybird mode. However, if you can save some battery life and be productive faster, this is a reasonable investment for some. You can always opt for the cost-saving three-year license, but I know I go through my mobile tech far faster than that.

MILPITAS, Calif. January 6, 2009 — Phoenix Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: PTEC), the leader in PC 3.0TM products, services and embedded technologies, today introduced HyperSpaceÔ for consumers, a revolutionary new instant-on and always-connected computing environment that makes operating a mobile PC as efficient, fun and easy, as operating a cell phone.  HyperSpace dramatically simplifies and improves the mobile experience by allowing users to instantly launch important web-based applications (before Windows® even boots), automatically connect to the best available network, extend battery life, and achieve new levels of uptime and security protection. HyperSpace is immediately available for download at www.hyperspace.com

Solution for Mobile Computer Users:
HyperSpace directly addresses the top three frustrations of today’s mobile computer users. According to a survey conducted by the Forum to Advance the Mobile Experience and its Reinvent Mobile initiative (www.reinventmobile.com), mobile PC consumers listed their frustrations as:

1) running out of power too quickly
2) difficulty finding a reliable wireless connection and,
3) waiting too long to get up and running after their computer shuts down.

“Stop waiting for Windows to boot or worrying about finding the best wireless connection. Instant-on computing with HyperSpace transforms the mobile experience by providing cell phone-like connectivity, ease-of-use and efficiency for key applications,” said Woody Hobbs, president and CEO of Phoenix Technologies. “In less than a few seconds, you’re up and running – browsing the Internet, emailing, instant messaging, and using other important applications.  There’s no more waiting for Windows to boot or worrying about finding the best wireless connection.  And by utilizing the power of virtualization technology, HyperSpace can run side-by-side with Windows Vista® on certain systems, making your computer far more power efficient, secure and frustration-free.”

“Laptop and Netbook users typically surf the Web 90% of the time: instant access to the Internet, current information and online applications makes their time online more fun and productive. For over a decade many companies have tried to make virtualization ready for mainstream consumption. Phoenix Technologies has succeeded, and the consumer is the ultimate beneficiary,” added consumer PC guru, Tim Bajarin, of Creative Strategies.

Availability and Pricing:
The HyperSpace instant-on/instant-off experience for the consumer is immediately available for download in two versions at www.hyperspace.com. Consumers can check their laptop while logged into hyperspace.com to determine which version to use.

HyperSpace Hybrid™
$59.95 annual license or $149.95 for three years, includes updates and free Website support.
Utilizes the power of virtual technology in many Intel and AMD microprocessors.
Users can toggle back and forth between the two operating system environments, reducing battery consumption by more than 25% when in HyperSpace.

HyperSpace Dual™
$39.95 annual license or $99.95 for three years, includes updates and free Website support.
Designed for both Windows Vista and Windows XP systems that do not have virtualization enabled at the chipset level by Intel and AMD.
Delivers the same instant-on/instant-off experience with battery savings, however users can bein HyperSpace only when Windows is shut down or in Windows when HyperSpace is shut down.

PC OEM Partners:
HyperSpace will be an embedded or customized option on many next-generation notebooks and Netbooks.  Leading OEM manufacturers including Acer have become partners and will include HyperSpace Hybrid in select models of their next generation mobile PCs. In addition, Phoenix has also launched a version of HyperSpace for the quickly exploding netbook market. HyperSpace Netbook™, on display at CES, is a low-cost, efficient and tiny-footprint operating system for Internet access devices, providing instant-on/instant-off ease of use and smart network connectivity.

Key HyperSpace Benefits include:

Instant-on/Instant-off – With HyperSpace, you’re up and running in a few seconds.

Smart connectivity – HyperSpace automatically and seamlessly connects you to the best available wired, WiFi and WAN network.  You can easily add and prioritize preferred networks to optimize performance and cost efficiency.

Longer battery life – Using the web in HyperSpace extends battery power by as much as 50% in some systems when compared to computing in Windows.  With the right hardware and usage patterns, consumers can experience all day battery-life on certain platforms.  A constant and significant increase in the number of platforms supporting all day computing is a high priority for Phoenix development.

Security – HyperSpace is a private operating system that is far more difficult to infect with viruses, rootkits and spyware than operating systems like Windows.  Applications are digitally signed and stored in a secure memory store that is locked after execution.  Updates and additions to HyperSpace will only be made via a site approved and owned or audited by Phoenix.

Uptime – If Windows Vista™ system fails, HyperSpace is still available and running.  Phoenix partners are expected to shortly deliver solutions to maintain and repair the consumer’s system while the user is still working in HyperSpace.

The combination of all these benefits means more productivity and less frustration for the notebook and netbook user.

About Phoenix Technologies Ltd.
Phoenix Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: PTEC) is the global market leader in system firmware that provides the most secure foundation for today’s computing environments. The PC industry’s top system builders and specifiers trust Phoenix to pioneer open standards and deliver innovative solutions that will help them differentiate their systems, reduce time-to-market and increase their revenues. The Company’s flagship products and services — AwardCore, Phoenix SecureCore, Embedded BIOS, Phoenix FailSafe, HyperSpace, BeInSync and eSupport — are revolutionizing the PC user experience by delivering unprecedented performance, security, reliability, continuity, and ease-of-use. The Company established industry leadership and created the PC clone industry with its original BIOS product in 1983. Phoenix has 159 technology patents and 136 pending applications, and has shipped in over one billion systems. Phoenix is headquartered in Milpitas, California with offices worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.phoenix.com.

Phoenix, Phoenix Technologies, AwardCore, Phoenix SecureCore, Embedded BIOS, Phoenix FailSafe, HyperSpace, HyperSpace Hybrid, HyperSpace Dual, HyperSpace Netbook, PC 3.0, BeInSync, eSupport and the Phoenix Technologies logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of Phoenix Technologies Ltd.  All other marks are the marks of their respective owners.

Safe Harbor

The statements in this release include forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, regarding, but not limited to, the incorporation of HyperSpace in our OEM partners’ products and sales of subscriptions for HyperSpace. These statements involve risk and uncertainties, including: unexpected technical challenges and delays, including code bugs and glitches; unexpected challenges relating to the relationship between Phoenix and its OEM partners; our ability to successfully compete in new markets where we do not have significant prior experience; competing technology and offerings of competitors, including time to market and price competition; end-user demand for our products and solutions; our ability to hire and retain key employees; and our ability to protect our intellectual property rights. For a further list and description of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward looking statements in this release, we refer you to the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, its annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based upon assumptions, forecasts and information available to the Company as of the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements.


Phoenix Technologies Ltd.
Global Press Office
Tel : +1 408 570 1060
E-mail: public_relations@phoenix.com

Source: Phoenix Technologies Ltd.



May look impressive at first (not with this build actually), but is it really that useful?

I can resume my TC1100 from 2005 (running win 7) from sleep (1% battery drainage per hour) in 2 secs. It connects to my wireless almost instantly.

Just teach people how to make a good use of those hideous hybernation and sleep features…and that’s it!

Kevin C. Tofel

“I can resume my TC1100 from 2005 (running win 7) from sleep (1% battery drainage per hour) in 2 secs. It connects to my wireless almost instantly.”

Absolutely correct and a good strategy, but how does it gain the 30% longer run-time that Hyperspace offers? That’s the benefit over sleep mode of Windows, IMO.


That’s true, and I must admit that I always carry a spare battery for that (and an AC adapter if I foresee an intense day). I think I’m not just enough of a mobile warrior to appreciate that 30% more.

As for the subscription, considering the average netbook life I don’t see it as a complete downside. The perpetual license could be an option as well.

Anyway, on with the sleep/hybernate crusade, I’ve almost converted my gf…


The HyperSpace software is a joke.
It does not load faster than windows on lean / clean box

It has MANY issues with newer hardware, as any linux install does.

it does not ID most boxes correctly in the hybrid / daul testing.

I installed on 6 boxes no one showed any increase in boot time.

The forum admin deletes post about the app
You must rerun the installer to uninstall the app and use a third party tool to repartition your drive to get back the 3 gig partition it created.

Junk software NO SUPPORT from anyone at HS


I agree with Mr. Cohen…a fee is ridiculous. I would MAYBE pay $60 for a perpetual license (which is pushing it as it is), but no way is that going to come out of my wallet yearly, as cool a thing as this is.


Tried and failed on my MSI Wind / Akoya Mini. Althought the installer claims the Dual version would run on the netbook, it is unable to boot into HyperSpace after installation. Very important: the faq claims that you can remove it like any other Windows application > wrong. There is no uninstaller and it does not show up under software in Windows. I had to run mbrfix to sort it out.


Asus’ instant linux option on the EEEPC and EEE box does this in a simpler way.

You’re missing the connectivity options and upgrades but it is paid for with your purchase of the machine.


I already have a laptop that I can open and shut the lid and it comes on and hibernates instantly and has considerably longer battery life than most. It’s called a MacBook Pro.

Ulf S

Eventually, this kind of solution will no doubt be available for free. I mean, how hard can it be to add a small browser application that may optionally be started instead of the main OS? This is something that elderly DOS programmers should be able to do :) Or, dual bootloader developers.


I was very interested in this, but lost interest when I discovered it was a subscription deal. Its is simply too expensive for “netbooks” when you consider their cost. I also don’t like this type of pricing model.

Jonathan Cohen

I really want to hear their justification for the subscription fee. Unless they’re going to be updating it very regularly, this sounds more like a cash grab…

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