Our Peter Cetera album collection isn’t exactly getting any larger, yet despite the progress of technology every time we get a new smartphone pulling over all those soothing hits never seems to get any faster. Even a fool can see laggy NAND flash memory is the culprit, and Samsung and Toshiba have a fix with a new DDR NAND flash standard. It offers 400Mbps transfer rates thanks to what they’re calling “toggle DDR 2.0,” similar to the tech in Samsung’s latest SSD, effectively boiling down to a 30nm asynchronous design that’s three times quicker than current [...]
Finishing off the hat-trick of laptops, Toshiba’s AC100 is their first machine to run on Android, and is shaping up to be a very tidy netbook with up to eight hours of battery, or up to SEVEN DAYS’ standby life.
Yep, seven days. It runs on an NVIDIA Tegra 250 chip, with an insy-winsy 512MB of DDR2 RAM, and 8GB NAND flash memory. The SD/MMC card reader will expand the storage so you can easily cart around more media if needed, and the 1.3MP webcam with microphone will get you using video-chatting apps once downloaded from the Market.
It’s running Android 2.1 Eclair, and [...]
Toshiba — the world’s No. 2 NAND flash memory maker behind Samsung according to Reuters — is preparing the next advance in flash technology with even denser memory chips (similar to the silicon wafer pictured above). The company currently products circuitry with widths of 32 and 43 nanometers, and wants to move into the 20s with 25nm chips.
Denser chips means more memory can be packed into the same-sized space. It’s advances like this that are why flash drives have gone from half a gigabyte to multiple gigs over the last decade. It’s not as simple as just flicking [...]
A quick look through the bus speeds and data rates available in a PC system soon tells you where there is a bottleneck: it’s your hard drive. All over the board data is being shifted in gigabytes per second, but the hard drive is still doing it in megabytes.
Theoretical speeds aside, what you’re probably getting is 50 to 70MB/s, tops, and you’ll have to wait while it finds the data in the first place.
Hard drives have been a fundamental part of the PC for yonks. The interface has changed and capacities and speeds have marched ever onwards, but essentially its pretty much the [...]