From Wired News:
Flash-memory-aided hard drives and software that harnesses the full power of multi-core CPUs will make PCs speedier and more convenient in 2007.
Next-gen computers will boot up and load applications more quickly as speedy flash memory helps alleviate the bottleneck caused by the slower rotations of a traditional hard disk’s components.
“You take all of that stuff from the hard drive and put it in high-speed memory, and the applications just pop,” said Rob Enderle, principal analyst for the Enderle Group, who is testing a hybrid flash/hard-drive memory system from an undisclosed manufacturer. “Not only does the system come up faster, but the applications within the system come up a lot faster.”