Intel announced (at IDF Taiwan) Robson technology that reduces booting time by transferring some of the works done mostly by HDDs to NAND flash memory kits.
At the event in Taipei, Intel also introduced its future mobile platform technology codenamed Robson. The technology, which is now under development, aims to extend battery life, accelerate system boot-up and provide user-visible responsiveness, said vice president of Intelâ€™s mobility group and general manager of the mobile platforms group Shmuel (Mooly) Iden.
The Robson technology has no fixed timeframe to appear in commercial systems because it depends on OEMs, according to Iden. Its key element is a non-volatile memory cache implemented with NAND flash memory, and user benefits include longer battery life, shorter boot-up times and faster launching of applications. The solution is also supposed to comprise software drivers. Iden said that Robson will utilize NAND flash memory chips sized at up to 4GB. However, he declined to talk in details about implementations.
Iden also did not confirm that Robson will add another deep sleep mode, with even less power consumption compared to Yonahâ€™s new enhanced deeper sleep mode, but agreed that using non-volatile memory cache potentially opens more opportunities for power saving through, for example, transferring content of CPU registers out of a processor. More technical details about Robson will be disclosed at IDF Spring, he added.
Seems similar to the “Hybrid” disk Microsoft and Samsung announced a while ago. At this moment, Samsung Electronics is the largest supplier of NAND type flash memory. As flash memory kits will surely add cost to overall systems, they’ll probably first be used in more expensive portable computers weighing under 2kg and running Yonah dual-core processors.
The Italicized parts are quoted from DigiTimes.com webpage linked above.