Intel "Snowgrass" -- NAND Flash For Your Motherboard
March 13, 2006 6:38 PM
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Intel's Robson controller will bring NAND to notebook motherboards. SnowGrass is the exact same technology but for desktops - Courtesy AnandTech
Solid-state storage finally comes into mass production; although prices are still sky-high
Last week at IDF, we reported
that Intel's next major mobile platform, called
, will feature NAND flash memory technology in order to allow devices to startup and execute programs. This technology, dubbed
, will improve boot times, reduce paging and be used as a general buffer between storage devices and system memory.
Interestingly, Intel also mentioned that
will have a version for desktop computers called
. The technology is currently in the works and is planned to be released after Robson. Motherboard makers will have designs that contain a slot designed to take a
NAND module. This opens the door for users to customize their motherboards with various sizes of modules for whatever purposes they choose, and also allows the ability to upgrade NAND as it gets less and less expensive. Remember when L2 cache used to sit on the motherboard?
specification calls for a modular design, but it now appears that motherboard makers have the option of integrating the technology directly on board. There is no word yet on capacities, but for
to really have any value over the purchase of a faster hard drive, we would have to speculate that the cost of such a module cost less than a few gigabytes of system memory. We would not be surprised if
have similar price points and capacities as USB NAND at the time of launch. Today, 4GB pen drives using NAND flash memory cost approximately $100.
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RE: startup times on desktop
3/13/2006 7:43:30 PM
It can see several possible performance benefits, but with 2gigs of RAM, I can run without a pagefile no problem. In fact, about the only time I get a benefit out of it is when doing major premiere or photoshop work: they steal all of my ram. Otherwise, it's just dead space on my hard drives. So the question becomes, expensive, slow NAND, or cheaper, fast RAM. If it comes down to $100 more and only faster startup times, I think I'll stay away. Now what I'm interested in are the hybrid hard drives.
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