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Data Storage

Submission + - NAND Flash Memory - A Future Not So Bleak After All (

Vigile writes: "A recent story that foretold the death of the solid state drive market by 2024 has been making the rounds and the hardware community has been discussing its ramifications. The basic claim was latency increases and error rates would cause its demise but an editorial over at PC Perspective counters that the researchers are ignoring simple improvements in SSD design including write combining, wear leveling, data compression and even bit drift compensation. Latency increases can even be countered by the increased parallelism of additional dies though the paper in question artificially creates a fixed die count for its research. While there are still hurdles for SSDs going forward there have always been those that claim in the end is near — just ask Moore's Law."

Submission + - Does Intel's Ultrabook Initiative Hurt Consumers? (

Vigile writes: "Nothing was more obvious from this year's CES than Intel's desire to push the Ultrabook platform. We saw announcements from Lenovo, HP, ASUS, Dell and many others all touting the benefits of the thin and light platform, some focused on style and some focused on features. An editorial over at PC Perspective posits that the Ultrabook platform, being pushed heavily by Intel's marketing dollars, may not be the best thing for consumers. The author points to current generation products that lack performance compared to larger notebooks, have fewer expansion ports for consumers that use a laptop as their only computer and the somewhat flimsy construction of Ultrabooks that actually hit Intel's targeted price points."

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