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June 24, 2009

Splashtop Platform Now Ships Sony VAIO NW Series Notebooks

By Jayashree Adkoli
TMCnet Contributor
DeviceVM, a Calif.-based software company, announced that its ‘Splashtop’ instant-on platform is now available on Sony VAIO NW series notebooks. This feature will facilitate customers of Sony notebook PCs to access the Web in seconds, with just the touch of a button.

According to DeviceVM, its Splashtop is an instant-on pre-boot environment that enables users to rapidly access the Web and related key applications, without the need to boot the main operating system. This pre-installed software launches a Linux stack (on power-on or by just pressing a special hot key designated by the PC manufacturer) that runs pre-installed applications that enables users to surf the Web, check email, watch videos, instant messaging, placing VoIP calls, as well as switching to primary operating system – all within seconds of powering on the PC.
Improving the personal computing experience, DeviceVM’s Splashtop mainly incorporates two components – a real-time operating system (OS) and a Linux stack. The real-time operating system runs out of the system BIOS, while the optimized Linux stack boots quickly to run Web-based applications. But, both the primary OS and Splashtop cannot be run simultaneously on the PC/notebook.
Requiring no additional hardware for functioning, Splashtop software-only solution is preinstalled either on the hard drive or in the on-board Flash memory of PCs and motherboards by their manufacturers. Compatible with any Operating System, Splashtop has similar networking capabilities as other OSs. It can as well connect to networks over Wi-Fi, LAN, xDSL, and cable. WEP, WPA, and WPA2 wireless security standards. In addition, Splashtop browser is a fully functioning browser and is based on Mozilla Firefox.
“We are excited that Sony VAIO series adopted our Splashtop technology,” said Mark Lee, CEO and co-founder of DeviceVM. “As smart phones and mobile devices become increasingly popular, consumers expect their notebooks to perform with the same speed and agility.”
DeviceVM said that its Splashtop is already shipping on millions of motherboards, netbooks, notebooks, desktops, and nettops.
Recently, DeviceVM collaborated with Acer (News - Alert) as well, in order to implement Splashtop instant-on platform on Acer’s latest RevoBoot nettop computer, AspireRevo. These Splashtop-powered models of AspireRevo will be initially introduced in the European market, said the company.

Jayashree Adkoli is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jayashree's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jessica Kostek

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