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Samsung Readies Performance-Boosting Flash Drive For Vista

The drive's data storage chips hold 4 Gbytes of flash memory that's used to launch applications faster than software can run from hard disk drives, Samsung claims.

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. is planning to sell a flash memory-based drive that would help boost the performance of desktops and notebooks running Microsoft Corp.'s upcoming Windows Vista operating system.

The drive's data-storage chips hold 4GB of flash memory that's used to launch applications faster than hard-disk drives. The new technology takes advantage of a Vista feature called ReadyBoost, which uses a flash drive to augment RAM. The Samsung drive holds data even when the power is off.

"By caching hard-drive data using Samsung's flash SSD (solid-state disk) and the Microsoft Windows Vista operating system, a typical user will see performance gains that will make working with their PC lightning fast," Don Barnetson, director of flash marketing for Samsung, said in a statement released Tuesday.

ReadyBoost populates a flash drive with regularly used applications and data. The Samsung drive works in tandem with the hard drive, which comes into play as a secondary source of cached data.

Samsung said the new product was being readied for production, but didn't give a release date. The drive is placed on a motherboard and is connected through the ATA port.

Windows Vista is scheduled to ship to businesses in the fourth quarter, and to consumers early next year.

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