London, UK (PRWEB) June 6, 2006
Why have Samsung and Microsoft joined forces to replace the mechanical hard disks in our portable computers with Silicon Flash RAM Disks?
PCs today have 4 GigaHertz processors. These things do 4 billion operations per second. Their memory sticks run at 400 Megahertz through a 64 bit bus. That means they transfer 3200 Megabytes of data per second. Yet the operating system itself, Windows, and all of its applications, are stored on a rotating mechanical magnetic disk which goes at 7200 rpm, the same speed as your car engine! 7200 rpm translates to 120 cycles per second, which is 120 Hertz. That is around 30 million times slower than your processor!
So your operating system and your applications and your data are stored on a 120 Hertz device, but your processor and your memory are Gigahertz and multi Megahertz devices. This is the fundamental incompatibility in every modern PC.
Samsung and Microsoft are tackling this bottleneck in the case of portable computers by replacing what is essentially gramaphone technology with a Silicon based Flash RAM disk. Flash RAM is the stuff you store your digital photographs on. Flash RAM is slightly faster than a modern portable hard disk and it uses a lot less power, which is great for your laptop battery.
But what these two multi billion capitalized giants are doing with Flash RAM drives and the portable computer, HyperOs Systems, a tiny little British research company, based in Islington in London, in conjunction with a Hungarian inventor, and his Ukranian and Dutch engineers, have already done with DDR drives and desktop computers.
Their idea was to make a Hard Disk not out of Flash RAM but out of DDR, which is Double Data Rate Dynamic RAM. The advantage of this device is that it is presently around 200 times faster than both your hard disk and a flash RAM disk. They have just launched the Hyperdrive 4. This is both a Serial ATA and a Parallel ATA hard disk, which has 8 memory slots which can each take 2 GB DDR modules. So it is a 16GB DDR Hard Disk.
This product finally eliminates the massive performance gap between a Hard disk and a processor. The result is an all Silicon computer.
What this means in the real world is that Windows XP fires up in 2 seconds rather than in 20 seconds and a network running off a Hyperdrive 4 can serve 200 users in the time that a Hard Disk can serve one user. The fastest Hard disks take on average 8 milliseconds to find a file, by moving their mechanical head backwards and forwards and by spinning their magnetic disk platter round and round. The Hyperdrive 4 takes on average 40 microseconds to find a file, by electronically accessing the tiny capacitors in the Memory stick.
The Hyperdrive does not make the Hard Disk obsolete. One can still store ones videos and other large files on the hard disk. But Windows itself and its applications can now zip along on the Hyperdrive.
So the old excuse of: Please bear with me whilst my computer brings your account up, may soon become obsolete. On the downside, you may no longer be able to take a coffee break whilst the computer fires up in the morning!
For the more technical info on the Hyperdrive 4 visit http://www.hyperossystems.co.uk