Mcell adds RAM to accelerate hard drives
By Simon Aughton
Posted on 6 Sep 2007 at 13:40
While solid state drives remain expensive, there's little most of us can do to decrease the time it takes to read and write data on a PC.
However, a Japanese company has arrived at a solution which, while appearing obvious, doesn't seem to have been tried before.
DTS has taken a 2.5in hard drive of the kind normally found in a laptop, added 1GB of of DDR2 RAM, a realtime operating system and a CPU, put the ensemble into a standard 3.5in desktop drive casing, and called it the Mcell.
According to DTS the combination of the physically smaller drive and the 1GB of memory means that an Mcell can shift data at up to 110MB/sec; compare that to the 60MB/sec for a typical 7,200rpm SATA drive.
Unfortunately there is as yet no indication that DTS plans to sell the 80, 120 and 160GB drives outside of Japan, though it may get better-known hard disk manufacturers thinking.
A number have already introduced hybrid drives that combine NAND flash storage of the kind found in a USB drive or an iPod.
- How to remove SkyDrive from the Windows 8.1 Explorer
- Switching from iPhone to Android? Switch off iMessage
- Why is Google pumping more money into Firefox?
- Sky Broadband Shield review
- Samsung Galaxy S4: how to double your battery life
- Motorola Moto G review: first look
- IBM Watson meets Willy Wonka
- Google’s support policies shove users towards Chrome
- Lenovo Yoga Tablet review: first look
- Michael Dell's reasons to be cheerful
- The importance of load balancing
- Windows Phone App Studio: an easy way to create your first Windows Phone 8 app
- The end of Windows XP support: what it really means for businesses
- Don't rely on Chrome's password vault
- Using Buffer to manage your social media
- Microsoft needs its own Steve Jobs
- Forget credit cards: hackers want your Facebook account
- Can't get fast enough broadband? Here's what to do
- Leap Motion and the battle against UI stagnation
- How to build a really bad network