Intel plans to put flash memory inside some notebook computers, beginning in 2007.
The company has developed its new Santa Rosa platform to integrate such technology. In practice, using flash memory in a notebook would make for machines that start up almost immediately.
Apple gave Intel and its flash memory manufacturing partner Micron a $500 million pre-order for flash memory chips last year, ostensibly to go into iPods.
On the move to launch PCs that use flash memory as part of the system, Intel's head of mobility products Sean Maloney explained: "We need to have devices that boot up very rapidly. The same way you come off a plane and get a cell phone signal immediately."
Intel's new Robson cache technology ensured an almost immediate start-up of a Centrino-based notebook PC during a live demonstration by Maloney at the Intel Developer Forum. Maloney started up two PCs, one of which contained flash memory. That machine flashed into life in a fraction of the time it took the other PC to start. By booting the laptop from NAND flash memory instead of the hard drive, INtel is not only able to save time, but also battery power, Malone claimed.