Intel gives long start-up times the boot

Chip-giant Intel has unveiled a future cache technology that it claims will radically speed up notebook boot time, improve system performance, and limit power consumption.

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By  Cleona Godinho Published  October 27, 2005

Chip-giant Intel has unveiled a future cache technology that it claims will radically speed up notebook boot times, improve system performance, and limit power consumption. Instead of using a hard drive, Intel’s new Robson cache software uses the same NAND flash memory used in MP3 players and digital cameras. “You get power and time savings because there's no need to spin the disc when you access applications,” explained Mooly Eden, vice president and general manager of Intel's mobile platform group. Intel says the energy savings will be useful mostly for Centrino-based notebooks, however desktops could also gain quicker boot times. Robson is designed for use with 64MB to 4GB industry standard NAND flash memory. The firm recently demonstrated its new cache technology at an Intel Developer Conference held in Taipei, Taiwan. During the demonstration, the 128MB Robson notebook accessed Adobe Reader in 0.4 seconds, while the notebook without Robson took 5.4 seconds. It then opened Quicken in 2.9 seconds, compared to the other machine, which took 8.0 seconds. Intel has not yet announced a time frame for when Robson will become available to global users, however PC manufacturers will play a big role in how fast the technology gets released.

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