In Priya Ganapati's "Computer Makers Aim to Banish Boot-Up Blues" posting on October 2, 2009, Steve Jones, Phoenix Tech's vice president and chief scientist, provided some interesting quotes about the development of instant boot BIOS technology:
"'People want PCs to be like their toaster. Push a button and it is ready,' says Steve Jones, vice-president and chief scientist of core systems at Phoenix Technologies, one of the biggest BIOS makers."
“'If you pick up a phone, you expect to instantly hear a tone,' says Jones. 'That’s the future for computers, too.'”
"Jones says the ‘I am ready for use’ signaling is an important psychological factor for consumers. 'Bell Labs worked hard on this. They figured if you pick up the phone and didn’t hear something within 250 milliseconds, then you would be pretty uncomfortable with the device...'"
Read the entire article here: http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/10/quick-boot/