Intel's Santa Rosa Platform - NAND on the Laptop
March 8, 2006 1:29 PM
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Crestline, Robson, and Merom - Intel is bringing together a host of technologies for Santa Rosa, its next gen platform
Merom, Intel's next-generation is slated for release at the end of 2006. Interestingly, Yonah is still pretty young but the next-generation beyond Yonah is already well under way. What follows Merom's release however, is definitely interesting and in a very serious way, compliments the new architectures to enable such features as instant-on and instant-off. Intel is pushing these technologies as part of its Viiv platform, and while we will see a lot of the neat technologies appear on mobile systems first, plans are underway to bring the same technologies to the desktop.
After Intel's Napa paltform, Santa Rosa is next for Intel along with the release of Crestline, Intel's next-generation mobile chipset. Crestline will bring along new features that utilize NAND flash memory. Intel says the technology, called Robson, is incorporated with Crestline (as part of the Santa Rosa platform) and allows critical OS systems to be cached to the non volatile memory. This way, the NAND memory will be used as a boot drive and may be able to include common applications as well.
Intel demonstrated Robson using OS boot times and application loads. The demonstration took place on a NAND enabled system and one without, and in many cases the one with Robson showed 4 to 5 times the performance of a legacy system. For mobility users, Intel also says that using NAND flash technology, battery power will be preserved because there is a higher performance-per-watt ratio on a NAND-enabled system vs. a legacy HDD-only based system. Intel also recently invested heavily into Micron, to create a new joint venture on producing NAND flash memory and NAND based products.
According to Intel, Robson-enabled notebooks and desktops will start to see the light in early 2007. While Crestline, and Merom will not be launching all together, Intel promises a culmination of all the above technologies in Santa Rosa.
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2007? Like this is a complicated tech
3/12/2006 8:29:50 AM
Ok this is kind of ridiculous. You could be incorporating part of this technology into the hardrives themselves, as they do now with ram buffers.
Secondly it's not like this is horrifically hard to add to a chipset. Why is it going to take till 2007? Notebooks are notoriously slow in the hardrive arena, and areas to help them in that without driving up power useage would be welcomed by millions. It's not like NAND is hard to get. Vista is going to implement this technology just using USB flash so it's quite doable in other ways than a brand new chipset. And you could upgrade it too, just make it a module you could replace like a SODIMM, so that if 1gb is good for me now, I could bring it to 8gb when the price is better. (numbers just for illustration)
So why not add it to Napa? Why not have the hardrives add a slot to their machines we could plug in a 512mb flash card in their drive too for lookup tables and the like? I do realize that we need Vista to get this thing full circle, but it feels like planned product introduction to say this technology will take almost a year to bring to market. That smells of Intel wanting anything to make next year's chipset sell when it would be perfectly easy to have it in this year's chipset.
But hey, we're only the consumers. Having a sales demo load in 5 sec vs 30sec isn't really something that would make anyone any money right? Heck we can wait a year for that right? Sure. Why bother making it available now? No need right?
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