Intel has unveiled a future technology called “Robson” that is designed to slash PC boot-up times and extend battery life.
To cut start-up times, Robson pulls data and applications off an add-in flash memory card, rather than using the PC's hard drive.
Robson is designed to speed both PC “on” times and the time it takes to start up applications once the machine is active.
Flash memory reacts quicker than a hard drive, thereby cutting the time it takes to launch an application. As a result, laptop users could experience a longer battery life, as the hard drive, which is spun by a motor, does not need to work so hard.
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A Robson card can contain anything from 64Mbytes to 4Gbytes of memory – the larger the memory the larger the number of applications and processes that can take advantage of the technology.
Intel has not so far released a launch date for the technology.