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HP buys Phoenix tech for £8.16 million

HP buys Phoenix tech for £8.16 million

Phoenix has stated that its BIOS work will continue unchanged as part of the deal.

HP has announced that it is to buy Linux technology from BIOS specialist Phoenix in a $12 million (£8.16 million) deal that gives the tech giant access to the company's HyperSpace Linux platform.

According to coverage of the deal over on ITworld, the deal will see certain Phoenix assets transferred to Hewlett Packard, giving HP control over the company's HyperCore and HyperSpace technologies.

HyperSpace is a lightweight, slim Linux-based operating system designed for installation as a second operating system on portable devices such as netbooks and notebooks, offering the user boot times significantly faster than Windows - a major advantage when you're out and about and just want to check your e-mail or listen to some music. While HyperSpace isn't the most popular quick-boot Linux platform - that honour goes to SplashTop, which has enjoyed continued support in Asus products for a few years now - it does offer the company a useful selling point for its portable products division.

The deal also allows HP to use Phoenix's HyperCore platform, which is a virtualisation hypervisor designed to work with HyperSpace and allow the Linux platform to keep certain core services running even while the user is booted into Windows.

While the main thrust of the deal appears to be centred around Phoenix's Linux technologies, the company is best known for its BIOS work - which a Phoenix spokesman said will continue unchanged.

Do you think that HP's purchase of Phoenix's technology is a good thing, or is the company wasting money when it already has a Linux specialist in Palm and its own quick-boot Linux system in QuickWeb? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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javaman 11th June 2010, 12:22 Quote
Guess more stuff for their tablet device. Running a Palm OS, with a lite linux version for quicker boot? Tho PalmOS should be lite and fast enough as it is? Unless HP have something else planned that PalmOS doesn't do possibly their laptop range something like this would be very useful. PalmOS for low power devices windows for higher spec with linux lite. Way I see it now, HP is sorting software side of things as well as hardware, something that the market has been sorely lacking - a coherent approach between both sides.

Question for me is, is HP worth investing in long term? Aggressive market strategy could pay off or sink themselves.
Tom @ CCL 11th June 2010, 12:43 Quote
This does worry me.

I will reserve judgement but who knows where Pheonix could be, or not be, in a few years time.
mi1ez 11th June 2010, 12:48 Quote
Let's just hope Phoenix is wroking on EUFI. We need it adopted by the box-shifters.
TQB 11th June 2010, 14:35 Quote
Obviously HP did not buy Phoenix for 12 million $, since that would be ridiculous for a company with a market cap of over 100 million $. HP has agreed to purchase Phoenix's HyperSpace(R), HyperCore(R) and Phoenix Flip(TM) instant-on and client virtualization products. All this information is readily available on the website of Phoenix (http://investor.phoenix.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=478233).

Earlier this year Phoenix already announced that they would focus on their core business being CSS.

For HP 12 million dollar is pocket money (given the fact that they are a 120 Billion dollar company and just spent 1,2 Billion dollar on Palm), so if they see value in these products then it in my opinion it makes sense to buy a product that is ready rather than trying to develop it yourself and maybe spend more time and money in the process.
Gareth Halfacree 11th June 2010, 15:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by TQB
Obviously HP did not buy Phoenix for 12 million $, since that would be ridiculous for a company with a market cap of over 100 million $. HP has agreed to purchase Phoenix's HyperSpace(R), HyperCore(R) and Phoenix Flip(TM) instant-on and client virtualization products. All this information is readily available on the website of Phoenix (http://investor.phoenix.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=478233).
Interesting - they hadn't published that release at the time of writing.

I've updated the article to reflect your corrections - cheers!
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