Intel Tries To Fix Windows And SSDs

Aron Schatz
August 14, 2008

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I don't know what hardware companies bother trying to fix Windows with hacks and such that should be in the Kernel level. Intel is better off focusing its efforts on hardware instead of trying to shoehorn a backwards operating system with a bad design into something it shouldn't. Run a special distribution of Linux if you are worried about SSD speed and reliability.


Intel is offering a "dashboard" for Windows that allows the user to choose and control which applications or files are loaded into the Intel Turbo Memory cache (based on flash memory chips) for performance acceleration. Intel calls this "User pinning." Custom pinning profiles can be created to pin applications or files that match the user's activity, according to Intel. Data intensive programs, gaming, digital media editing and productivity software are examples of applications that will see the most benefit, according to Intel. Intel is trying to address a longstanding shortcoming of Windows: its inability to take full advantage of flash storage devices. "There are issues related to taking full advantage of the speed of a (flash drive)," said Troy Winslow, marketing manager for the NAND Products Group at Intel, in an interview at the Flash Memory Summit.


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