Shauli Chaudhuri, vice president of marketing at Phoenix Technologies, told that NEC will be among the first PC manufacturers to use its HyperSpace technology. Phoenix is developing its own hypervisor, called “HyperCore”, designed to host traditional operating systems like Windows Vista, side by side with a special multi-purpose environment called HyperSpace, produced by Phoenix itself.
HyperCore is a true bare-metal Virtual Machine Monitor (VMM) which will load directly from Phoenix BIOS, while HyperSpace will be able to provide basic capabilities for daily tasks, like internet browsing and multimedia files view, in isolated virtual machines. The HyperSpace will also provide some security tools, like an anti-virus, to recover other compromised virtual machines.
HyperCore will also be able to run embedded OSes inside its virtual machines, developed by third party ISVs for different purposes.
Use of the Phoenix firmware will allow security applications to operate before, during, and after Vista boots up and shuts down, securing the NEC notebooks before malware can get downloaded by Windows applications, according to Chaudhuri.