IMG 8350 s IDF : The New T   Robson Technology

Intel last week at IDF Taipei revealed a new and interesting
technology called Robson NVM Cache Technology. It allows faster boot time,
longer battery life and more responsive according to Intel. Robson makes use of the NAND flash
memory to store part of the OS that requires heavy hard disk access as well
as storing frequent used applications. The demonstration surrounds two similarly
configured Centrino notebooks but one is without Robson. The notebook with
Robson booted up within seconds and launched applications far quicker than the
notebook without Robson. Intel declines to go into greater details how Robson
works but more details will be revealed in the next IDF in Spring.

We can’t wait till next Spring so we managed to find out a bit
more about Robson. Robson itself a combination of hardware and software where it
utilizes NAND flash memory from 64MB to 4GB capacity, a new controller as well
as with a special driver that handles the pre-caching. The Robson notebook on
demonstration contains 512MB of NVM cache fitted on a
mini PCI card and slotted into the mini-PCI slot within the notebook. This way,
the card is interchangeable and upgradeable with bigger NVM cache. Intel’s next
step is to fit the NVM cache onto a Mini PCI Express card that allows much
higher bandwidth.

 IDF : The New T   Robson Technology

 IDF : The New T   Robson Technology

 IDF : The New T   Robson Technology

 IDF : The New T   Robson Technology

Intel last week at IDF Taipei revealed a new and interesting
technology called Robson NVM Cache Technology. It allows faster boot time,
longer battery life and more responsive according to Intel. Robson makes use of the NAND flash
memory to store part of the OS that requires heavy hard disk access as well
as storing frequent used applications. The demonstration surrounds two similarly
configured Centrino notebooks but one is without Robson. The notebook with
Robson booted up within seconds and launched applications far quicker than the
notebook without Robson. Intel declines to go into greater details how Robson
works but more details will be revealed in the next IDF in Spring.

We can’t wait till next Spring so we managed to find out a bit
more about Robson. Robson itself a combination of hardware and software where it
utilizes NAND flash memory from 64MB to 4GB capacity, a new controller as well
as with a special driver that handles the pre-caching. The Robson notebook on
demonstration contains 512MB of NVM cache fitted on a
mini PCI card and slotted into the mini-PCI slot within the notebook. This way,
the card is interchangeable and upgradeable with bigger NVM cache. Intel’s next
step is to fit the NVM cache onto a Mini PCI Express card that allows much
higher bandwidth.

Much efforts have been made so far to improve the boot time and
speed of launching applications. Back in April, Samsung revealed their OneNAND
Flash memory to be incorporated into Microsoft’s Hybrid Hard Disk Drive, a
combination of disk drive and NAND flash memory designed to work in Windows
Vista.