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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 Santa Rosa, will feature NAND flash memory technology in order to allow devices to startup and execute programs. This technology, dubbed Robson, will improve boot times, reduce paging and be used as a general buffer between storage devices and system memory. 

Interestingly, Intel also mentioned that Robson will have a version for desktop computers called Snowgrass. 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 Snowgrass 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?

Intel's current Snowgrass 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 Snowgrass or Robson 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 Robson and Snowgrass 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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By Brentaw on 3/22/2006 10:53:50 AM , Rating: 2
Sounds a lot like the new Flash chip I invented almost 2 years ago.

The “Avery”© Chip or the “A”© Chip

The Avery© Chip will be almost like a usb flash drive that will be part of the motherboard, and is highly flashable.

The biggest problem in pc’s in this day and age is the boot time after the BIOS check has finished to when you log into Windows.

I have invented the “A”© chip that will fix this problem once and for all.

This is how the “A”© chip will work:

Once you have loaded up your operating system and have installed all your latest hardware drivers, you then reboot your computer and go into the BIOS.

You then have the boot order switched to boot from the “A”© chip. Save and Exit the BIOS.

The next time the pc boots up, the “A”© chip takes all the boot loader information off the hard drive and writes it to the “A”© chip.

The next time you reboot, after the BIOS checks are complete, the boot loader information will be already in memory, so nothing needs to be loaded and you will instantly be at the Windows Logon box. No more “Starting Windows ….or the wait time”

If a driver gets corrupt on the “A”© chip, you can revert back to the hard drive boot loader for diagnostics. If updated drivers for your video card and other devices, the “A”© chip will then recognize that the hard drive boot loader has been modified, and then you will be prompted to update the “A”© chip.

For novice users, you can have another “Soft” menu from the BIOS boot up just to go into the “A”© chip section so the novice user doesn’t change another BIOS feature by accident.

Brent Waddell

Creator of the “Avery”© chip

23 years in computers

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