Datalight heeft een BIOS ontwikkelt waarmee binnen 8 seconde geboot kan worden vanaf een RAM image op de harddisk. Hier een stukje uit de press release bij Vision Online:
Datalight, a provider of system software, today announced a new full-featured BIOS designed to comply with the Microsoft Easy PC initiative. The Datalight Legacy Free BIOS offers full-compatibility with all desktop standards including Windows“, WinLight‘, Linux‘, DOS and several real-time operating systems. It also supports the Advanced Micro Devices' EasyNow! reference platform. The BIOS is Year 2000 compliant, written in Solid Assembly Code, and scaleable to as small as 8KB.
Boot To Windows In Less Than 8 Seconds.
The new Datalight BIOS can suspend the RAM image to a disk drive and be powered down. When turned on, the BIOS restores Windows and all applications from disk, exactly where it was powered down in 8 seconds with 32MB of RAM. The entire system, including the RAM, is fully powered down and can be unplugged, or even shipped in this hibernate state. With this feature, PC manufacturers can ship systems with an internet service provider's log-on screen already open and ready to launch upon system power-up. In this way, even novice computer users can be up surfing the web in less than 10 minutes.
"Our Legacy Free BIOS not only meets the specific needs of information appliances, such as the AMD EasyNow! platform, but also embedded systems manufacturers", said Andrew Poliak, Strategic Alliance Manager at Datalight. "For example, it boots in less than two seconds. This means that hand-helds and other embedded devices can be up and running with the flick of a switch - no waiting for the sign-on screen to load."