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Ubiquitous demos one-second boot tech

Ubiquitous demos one-second boot tech

The QuickBoot technology picks important areas of a memory image, allowing a boot from hibernation in under a second.

Ubiquitous Corp. has released a new technology which it claims can reduce the time it takes for a portable device to boot to a mere one second.

As described over on Linux For Devices, the technology - dubbed QuickBoot, for fairly obvious reasons - is designed for embedded and portable computing devices, and promises to get you up and running from a completely powered off state to a fully-working system just one second.

The system works by restoring a saved memory image, the same way as current devices restore memory state from 'hibernation' mode - but rather than load the entire memory image before giving the user control of the system, QuickBoot is able to choose the parts of the memory which are vital to using the system right now and preferentially load those. Once the system is ready for use, the remaining parts of the memory image are loaded into RAM.

The company is hoping to sell the technology, which it has developed for Linux and Android on ARM-based architecture systems, to OEMs and ODMs creating TVs with embedded computing technology, set-top boxes, highly portable devices such as smartphones and smartbooks, and even the in-car entertainment industry - although has yet to release pricing information.

A side-by-side comparison of a normal restore from hibernation and a QuickBoot restore can be found over on YouTube.

Are you impressed at the speed offered by QuickBoot, or will you only be interested if Ubiquitous ports it to x86 and lets your desktop or laptop enjoy the same speedy boot times? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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Autti 24th March 2010, 14:13 Quote
So simple, i love developments like this
B3CK 24th March 2010, 14:36 Quote
X86 or Bust
DeathAwaitsU 24th March 2010, 14:44 Quote
Sooo, only linux then? As android is linux after all. Rather pointless to put it in the title imo
TWeaK 24th March 2010, 15:05 Quote
I'd like this on my TV, currently the damn thing takes 6 seconds to turn on. Serves me right for buying cheap!
Cupboard 24th March 2010, 16:06 Quote
TWeaK: Our Samsung (not exactly a top end TV, but pretty good) takes about 30s to turn on. And the PVR is even slower :(
The TV just sits there for ages with the LED blinking at you :( I have no idea what it is actually doing, and this is from standby.
eddtox 24th March 2010, 16:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Cupboard
TWeaK: Our Samsung (not exactly a top end TV, but pretty good) takes about 30s to turn on. And the PVR is even slower :(
The TV just sits there for ages with the LED blinking at you :( I have no idea what it is actually doing, and this is from standby.
Lol, my computer boots faster than that :P Can't do a direct comparison as I don't own a telly. My old blackberry bold 9000 was horrendously slow to boot - about two minutes average but sometimes it felt more like 5. Good thing I didn't need it in an emergency :|. The N900 is better, but it still takes about 20-30 seconds.

I miss the old days when phones would just turn on. That being said, I don't tend to turn my phone off very often,so I can live with a slow boot time. I certainly wouldn't pay extra for it. Tv's, on the other hand, would really bother me if they took 30 seconds to boot. Is this common with new ones?
borandi 24th March 2010, 18:13 Quote
My TV takes less than 5 secs to turn on. Hannspree Xv-S 32", full 1080i/p.
shanky887614 24th March 2010, 19:12 Quote
it dosnt specify cold-boot aka from switched off

look at the psp when you turn it on from suspoend mode you could call that booting quickly and i doubt this boot would be that quick becasue it wont be able to load much in that time
nemesis80 24th March 2010, 20:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by shanky887614
it dosnt specify cold-boot aka from switched off
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..."and promises to get you up and running from a completely powered off state to a fully-working system just one second."...
docodine 24th March 2010, 22:07 Quote
Is hibernation completely powered off?
dark_avenger 24th March 2010, 22:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by docodine
Is hibernation completely powered off?

Yeap, saves everything in RAM to the HDD then powers off
Farfalho 24th March 2010, 23:12 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by nemesis80
Quote:
Originally Posted by shanky887614
it dosnt specify cold-boot aka from switched off
Quote:
..."and promises to get you up and running from a completely powered off state to a fully-working system just one second."...

Snookied!
rickysio 25th March 2010, 02:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by DeathAwaitsU
Sooo, only linux then? As android is linux after all. Rather pointless to put it in the title imo

Linux =/ Android.

Android = Modified Linux lacking standard libraries, so it needs alternatively compiled software.

MeeGo/Maemo/Moblin = Linux, though.
ZERO <ibis> 25th March 2010, 06:19 Quote
Would this work with existing hardware then!?
Dave Lister 25th March 2010, 07:25 Quote
I've had my HTC Hero for just over a month and it takes ages to boot up, so i'd be happy to pay for this system. For the moment i think i'm going to have to look at overclocking it, which will probably be rather fun actually !
[USRF]Obiwan 25th March 2010, 08:09 Quote
I don't get it. If i turn on my WM6.1 HTC, it's instant on with all options. if I would be able to push the power button faster it will probably show the screen in a millisecond. Or are we talking about a Hard reset? thats even more curious. why would anyone hard reset or completely shut off their mobile device every time they use it?

all mobile devices are instant on devices.
rickysio 25th March 2010, 08:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dave Lister
I've had my HTC Hero for just over a month and it takes ages to boot up, so i'd be happy to pay for this system. For the moment i think i'm going to have to look at overclocking it, which will probably be rather fun actually !

Depends if the Hero has more than 100MB of RAM free after boot, which it requires.
rickysio 25th March 2010, 08:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by [USRF
Obiwan]I don't get it. If i turn on my WM6.1 HTC, it's instant on with all options. if I would be able to push the power button faster it will probably show the screen in a millisecond. Or are we talking about a Hard reset? thats even more curious. why would anyone hard reset or completely shut off their mobile device every time they use it?

all mobile devices are instant on devices.

I think you're totally misinterpreting everything.

You don't turn on when you press the power button - that's just resuming from standby.
Yardstick 25th March 2010, 11:06 Quote
[QUOTE=eddtox]
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Originally Posted by Cupboard
TWeaK: My old blackberry bold 9000 was horrendously slow to boot - about two minutes average but sometimes it felt more like 5.

That's odd my Bold 9000 takes 4 seconds to boot - just timed it before sending this message.
rickysio 25th March 2010, 12:01 Quote
Boot =/ Resume from standby!
Chocobollz 25th March 2010, 12:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by rickysio
Boot =/ Resume from standby!

Ok, what's that? This is a geek site so you should've wrote it as: Boot != Resume from standby! :P
Bauul 25th March 2010, 12:49 Quote
Even my old Samsung E600 takes a good 15 seconds to boot from a fully off state, anything that can speed that up is a good thing.
dyzophoria 25th March 2010, 13:55 Quote
so, no special hardware right?, just new software that knows which part of a so called hibernation file should be loaded first?, if that's the case it wont be hard to port to a windows or osx (especially osx since its internally unix)
rickysio 25th March 2010, 14:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by dyzophoria
so, no special hardware right?, just new software that knows which part of a so called hibernation file should be loaded first?, if that's the case it wont be hard to port to a windows or osx (especially osx since its internally unix)

Not really. There's a reason why Linux doesn't receive ports of most programs, despite being similar to OS X.
eddtox 25th March 2010, 16:55 Quote
[QUOTE=Yardstick;2259836]
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Originally Posted by eddtox


That's odd my Bold 9000 takes 4 seconds to boot - just timed it before sending this message.
Wow, is that after a battery pull, or just from soft off. I dont remember mine ever being that quick. Mind you, I did get on release week, so maybe it was to do with software/hardware revisions?
Shagbag 26th March 2010, 07:09 Quote
It's good to see this sort of innovation coming out of Microsoft.
Microsoft is a monopolist and has always got consumers' interests at heart.
Time and time they've always shown their ability to innovate.
This just adds to their long list of innovations such as Tabbed browsing, the iPod, multipoint touchscreen, JavaScript browser engines, etc

I'm pleased to see that they have - in no way - rested on the ability to manipulate markets at the expense of consumers and show a continued determination to innovate.

This latest technology is proof positive that monopolies are good for the consumer as they continue to produce quality software like Windows Vista and the 'armour-plated' Windows XP. Congratulations Redmond on another piece of fine technology. Your ability to take us in new directions always surprises me and is a testement to why you continue to enjoy 90% of the desktop operating system market. It's a shame you can't do the same in the Server space - but don't listento those sysadmins, they don't know anything about what makes a good operating system.
ryall 26th March 2010, 08:30 Quote
Way to stay on the subject shabang, did you lose concentration half-way through the title?
rickysio 26th March 2010, 10:23 Quote
It's good to see this sort of spew coming out of haters.
They are monopolist and have always not got consumers' interests at heart.
Time and time they've always shown their ability to speculate lousily.
This just adds to their long list of over-hypes such as Tabbed browsing, the iPod, multipoint touchscreen, JavaScript browser engines, etc

I'm pleased to see that they have - in no way - rested on the ability to manipulate markets at the expense of consumers and show a continued determination to spew crap.

This latest spew is proof positive that haters are good for the consumer as they continue to attack quality software like Windows Vista and the 'armour-plated' Windows XP. Congratulations Shagbag on another piece of fine literature. Your ability to take us in new directions always surprises me and is a testement (sic) to why you continue to miss the point of enjoying 90% of the desktop operating system market. It's a shame you can't do the same in the Server space - but don't listento (sic) those sysadmins, they don't know anything about what makes a good argument.
Dave Lister 26th March 2010, 16:42 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by ryall
Way to stay on the subject shabang, did you lose concentration half-way through the title?

lol !
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