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At the Intel developer forum this past spring, Intel announced that the company would include 1GB of flash memory integrated into its upcoming mobile chipsets. The technology, dubbed Robson, is part of the Santa Rosa Centrino platform, expected to launch in the second quarter of 2007.

This inclusion of 1GB of NAND memory is actually the first phase of Robson. Soon after launch, vendors will also have the option to include 512MB instead of 1GB modules, as a cost-down alternative. Both the 1GB and 512MB modules are integrated into the Crestline chipset that makes up the core of the Santa Rosa platform.

Windows Vista is heavily reliant on the ability to use flash memory to cache files with Superfetch. Rather than reading files off the hard drive, Superfetch occasionally writes the files to an available NAND device. Vista will then pool the NAND device for the files, rather than power-up the hard drive. Since the flash memory is integrated right onto the motherboard, the system can read the memory considerably faster than the hard drive while getting a nice power-saving benefit as well.

Intel is also planning a desktop version of Robson, currently dubbed Snowgrass. NAND and hybrid technology are currently slated as a requirement for Windows Vista Premium logo certification in 2007.
Cool, but 1GB is sort of pointless. I think they should up it to 4GB so you can put Vista on the NAND drive.

http://dailytech.com/article.aspx?newsid=4605
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So...this is rather like 1GB of free pagefile and slow cache?

Neat...sorta useful to keep power requirements a bit lower. I don't think there's a point going above 1GB. By the time it's released Samsung will have expensive 64GB flash drives; limitting yourself to 4GB would be foolish.
     
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I'll wait till the entire HD industry shifts to NAND.
    
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and soon the cards will be interchangable woohoo more stuff to buy to keep my computer in order, and a new Overclock section : NAND mobo memory
    
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How is this better then extra RAM? It sounds as if it will be used by an OS such as Vista to store temp files so it doesnt have to use the hard drive, but isnt that what RAM is for?
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^^Yes it is what ram is for, but if we can relieve our ram to do other things like play our games things will be alot nicer. I had a ram disk for a while for my internet cache and man was that blazing fast!

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It does sound pretty foolish to put only 1gb of flash on there. What's the price of 1gb flash drives now? 30 bucks? With drives coming out as big as 8gbs, 1gb seems kinda stingy, especially since NAND flash is so cheap right now.
    
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So...this is rather like 1GB of free pagefile and slow cache?

Neat...sorta useful to keep power requirements a bit lower. I don't think there's a point going above 1GB. By the time it's released Samsung will have expensive 64GB flash drives; limitting yourself to 4GB would be foolish.

there already are expensive 64gb flash drives

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