“Apple Computer has reportedly turned down an offer to incorporate new flash-enhanced hybrid hard drives from Samsung into its Mac computer line, likely proceeding with plans to use technology from Intel Corp. instead,” AppleInsider reports.
AppleInsider reports, “Like several other PC manufacturers, the Cupertino, Calif.-based Mac maker has been working on a next-generation notebook design that will incorporate NAND flash memory to enhance the speed of some operations while simultaneously delivering longer battery life. Apple, as AppleInsider reported this past September, is said to be working closely with Intel on the matter, leveraging a feature of the chipmaker’s upcoming Santa Rosa notebook platform dubbed Robson.”
“However, a report over at APC claims that somewhere along the way Apple was approached by Samsung, which pitched its own proprietary solution called flash-enhanced hybrid hard drive… ‘We did propose the HDD (hybrid disk drive) concept to Apple,’ said Chuck Kang, an engineer from Samsung’s the Flash Memory Planning Group, ‘but Apple’s opinion is that they’re not going to use HDD for their systems… they won’t support it.’ The report, rather speculatively, implies that Apple will instead introduce systems with Intel’s Robson technology “one year from the introduction” of its first Intel-based notebook, the MacBook Pro Core Duo,” AppleInsider reports.
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RUMOR: Apple to employ Intel’s ‘Robson’ NAND flash tech to create ‘instant-on’ Macs – November 22, 2005