1. Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

New Phoenix Instant Boot BIOS Starts Loading the OS in Under a Second

Discussion in 'News' started by btarunr, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2007
    Messages:
    28,749 (11.14/day)
    Thanks Received:
    13,677
    Location:
    Hyderabad, India
    System BIOS vendor Phoenix Technology, the company behind the popular Award BIOS software found on several PC motherboards, has come up with a new highly-optimized implementation of UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface), that can boot the OS in under one second. This cuts time of the arbitrary 5~15 second (typical) POST process. With this time saved, system startup times are significantly reduced. Startup times are further reduced by the optimized startup procedure on Windows 7.

    To put this to test, a Dell Adamo notebook with the technology, was able to reach the Windows Desktop in 20 seconds from the push of the power button, while Lenovo T400 notebooks with faster SSDs reached the Desktop in under 10 seconds. The technology should be out pretty soon.

    [​IMG]

    Source: Engadget
     
  2. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2007
    Messages:
    28,749 (11.14/day)
    Thanks Received:
    13,677
    Location:
    Hyderabad, India
    Many Thanks to ColdStorm for sending this in.

    Check out the video at the source.
     
  3. Cold Storm

    Cold Storm Battosai

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2007
    Messages:
    15,014 (5.82/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,999
    Location:
    In a library somewhere on this earth
    that sounds Pretty neat. I wonder how it will do in real world substance instead of a testing area

    :toast:
     
  4. A Cheese Danish

    A Cheese Danish

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2006
    Messages:
    2,963 (1.02/day)
    Thanks Received:
    413
    Location:
    your local vending machine
    That would be nice to have on my laptop. Except 7 is really pissing me off with my video card and driver...
    But booting to Windows in 20 seconds would be nice.
     
  5. Kitkat New Member

    Joined:
    May 14, 2009
    Messages:
    768 (0.38/day)
    Thanks Received:
    77
    k this is your captain speaking ... youl notice ive turned off the no going @pe$hit sign.

    :roll::toast::nutkick::banghead::rockout::respect::twitch::laugh:

    WOW!
     
  6. Sasqui

    Sasqui

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2005
    Messages:
    7,731 (2.38/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,464
    Location:
    Manchester, NH
    The ultimate power saver... being able to make the PC go away and come back that fast will make more people simply turn them off.

    from one second to this, I'm not sure I follow: "To put this to test, a Dell Adamo notebook with the technology, was able to reach the Windows Desktop in 20 seconds from the push of the power button, while Lenovo T400 notebooks with faster SSDs reached the Desktop in under 10 seconds. The technology should be out pretty soon."
     
  7. sneekypeet

    sneekypeet Unpaid Babysitter Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2006
    Messages:
    21,636 (6.92/day)
    Thanks Received:
    6,159
    Says the bios loads in under 1 second, the following 9-19 seconds is actually the windows loading process.
     
  8. DanishDevil

    DanishDevil

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2005
    Messages:
    10,207 (3.08/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,099
    Location:
    Newport Beach, CA
    I really hope this ends up being standard soon! DO WANT.
     
  9. TheGuruStud

    TheGuruStud

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2007
    Messages:
    1,628 (0.63/day)
    Thanks Received:
    170
    Location:
    Police/Nanny State of America
    So, I guess we wont' be hitting delete or any other keys.... :D
     
  10. sneekypeet

    sneekypeet Unpaid Babysitter Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2006
    Messages:
    21,636 (6.92/day)
    Thanks Received:
    6,159
    I assume you would have to be able to, you just need to up your ninja skills so you get the timing down.
     
  11. Cold Storm

    Cold Storm Battosai

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2007
    Messages:
    15,014 (5.82/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,999
    Location:
    In a library somewhere on this earth
    Yeah, gotta set up a switch box just to be able to hit that button fast enough!! lol
     
  12. Cheeseball

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2009
    Messages:
    668 (0.31/day)
    Thanks Received:
    84
    Or you can hold down the DEL/F2/ESC+F1/etc. key before turning the PC on if ever you need to go to the BIOS.
     
  13. pr0n Inspector

    pr0n Inspector

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2008
    Messages:
    1,334 (0.62/day)
    Thanks Received:
    164
    It's not BIOS it's EFI, that's the whole point of this article...
    You would need devices with EFI firmware.
     
  14. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2007
    Messages:
    28,749 (11.14/day)
    Thanks Received:
    13,677
    Location:
    Hyderabad, India
    Like in some older machines, you may have to press the power button holding the del key (for BIOS setup), or another key to reset the CMOS, etc.
     
  15. tigger

    tigger I'm the only one

    Joined:
    Mar 20, 2006
    Messages:
    10,183 (3.24/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,399
    Nice,i would have a extra 20seconds to something interesting.
     
    twicksisted says thanks.
  16. twicksisted

    twicksisted

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2007
    Messages:
    2,436 (0.94/day)
    Thanks Received:
    350
    lol...yep... im not sure that ill be upgrading for this gimmick... if its free on my next board sure... but 20 seconds of time saved... lol.... usually i switch on the pc and go fetch a beer or something ;)
     
  17. WhiteLotus

    WhiteLotus

    Joined:
    Jul 30, 2007
    Messages:
    6,551 (2.47/day)
    Thanks Received:
    857
    Same, or take whatever crap that happens to me on my chair and lug it on the floor.
     
  18. Mussels

    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2004
    Messages:
    42,399 (11.53/day)
    Thanks Received:
    9,697
    i know what this is, i've seen things about this from asrock i think it was.

    What the BIOS does is lets the system go into sleep/hibernate, and then saves that state.

    next time you power it on, even if it POST's/looks like a normal boot, its really resuming from an S3? sleep state.
     
  19. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2007
    Messages:
    28,749 (11.14/day)
    Thanks Received:
    13,677
    Location:
    Hyderabad, India
    No, this isn't that. You can power down, unplug, replug, power up, and it boots the OS in under a second.

    Remember, "booting" isn't complete when you see your Windows login screen. It's complete when the system firmware has initialised all its devices, read the boot-sector of a bootable device, and loaded command.com into the memory.
     
  20. Mussels

    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2004
    Messages:
    42,399 (11.53/day)
    Thanks Received:
    9,697
    bad wording made it sound similar.


    this doesnt boot the OS in one second - it POSTS in one second, allowing the OS to start booting immediately.
     
  21. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2007
    Messages:
    28,749 (11.14/day)
    Thanks Received:
    13,677
    Location:
    Hyderabad, India
    It does boot the OS in one second. Its job is over when it runs the bootloader executable of the OS. Booting complete ≠ OS login screen. ASRock's definition of "Instant boot" is flawed. Pull the cord and you're guaranteed the next time your OS doesn't start "instantly".
     
  22. Mussels

    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2004
    Messages:
    42,399 (11.53/day)
    Thanks Received:
    9,697
    i get what you're saying.

    booting ≠ booted

    its just one of those things where everyone uses inaccurate speech (at least around here) so it seems a vague way to say it.

    I do get what it is now (essentially, makes POST instant)
     
  23. btarunr

    btarunr Editor & Senior Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2007
    Messages:
    28,749 (11.14/day)
    Thanks Received:
    13,677
    Location:
    Hyderabad, India
    Nope, booted = command.com loaded into the conventional memory (which this firmware does in under a second). Booted ≠ presented with Windows login screen.

    Booting is the handing-over of all control over the hardware to the OS. This exclusive "ring-0" control changes hands the moment command.com is loaded.
     
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2009
  24. W1zzard

    W1zzard Administrator Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 14, 2004
    Messages:
    14,976 (3.92/day)
    Thanks Received:
    11,805
    in my opinion booting is until i see the desktop and can use it. who is the authority on definiting what "booting" means ?
     
  25. Mussels

    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2004
    Messages:
    42,399 (11.53/day)
    Thanks Received:
    9,697
    starts booting = when POST ends
    booted = when OS has loaded/usable.

    thats the way i always saw it, but i can hazily understand BTA's view, that a program has "booted" the second its started.
     

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guest)

Share This Page