H-HDD vs. E-NAND may beat SSD in dispute

The release of the Windows Vista operating system may have negative consequences for some PC component suppliers. As you know, the new OS implements functions based on the use of non-volatile memory. This is a technology for caching information using flash memory. In this area, hybrid hard disk drives (H-HDD) and embedded memory (embedded NAND, E-NAND) compete.

The authors of the report, published by the analytical company IDC, state that none of these approaches has yet been able to convincingly realize the potential of information caching technology using flash memory. Therefore, neither H-HDD nor E-NAND can be called a winner. At the same time, opting for one solution or another can change the balance of power among OEMs and PC assemblers in the long term. An additional uncertainty that could completely turn the picture around is the entry into the solid state drives (SSD) market.

Simply put, it can turn out like this: while the two caching technologies are sorting out the relationship between themselves, solid-state hard drives will come and make this dispute irrelevant without finding out who was better.

Source: IDC


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