Intel demos NAND flash memory laptops

“Intel will put NAND flash chips into notebook PCs beginning next year. The Santa Clara, Calif., chipmaker said Tuesday that the NAND flash feature in its forthcoming notebook platform, dubbed Santa Rosa, would offer the main benefit of decreasing the time it takes to turn on a PC,” Alexei Oreskovic reports for TheStreet.com. “‘We need to have devices that boot up very rapidly,’ Sean Maloney, the head of Intel’s mobility group, said at the Intel Developer Forum taking place here this week. ‘The same way you come off a plane and get a cell phone signal immediately.'”

“The news comes roughly three months after Intel announced that it was forming a joint venture with Micron to produce NAND flash chips. The joint venture’s first announced customer was Apple, which will purchase $500 million worth of NAND chips to go into its iPod players,” Oreskovic reports. “At some point, [Maloney] said, there is the potential of running a PC’s entire operating system from NAND instead of from the hard drive, where it currently resides.”

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17 Comments

  1. The value of this will be determined by the expertise of the programmers who set your computer to use NAND. In a Mac (especially notebooks) I can see a lot of benefits for a portion of the OS that would be of prime benefit, as well as some apps that you use most of the time. The other benefit would be in holding data to speed apps over what you get from storing them on the HD.

    It will be a long time before hard drives are replaced simply because of the cost factor. I think the HD makers are going to respond vigorously to NAND, which will be a good thing for us.

  2. Who here would buy a MacBook Core Solo Lite that’s 1/2″ thick, has a 13″ widescreen display, no hard drive, no optical drive, a built-in CF card slot, weighs 3 lbs., and has 40GB of flash RAM? $999? $799?

    At the rate flash RAM prices are dropping, and with the huge investments being made in production, I expect a flash-RAM-based laptop in 2 years.

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