SSDs about to get extreme upgrade in the coming year, with SanDisk’s announcement of a new technology as ExtremeFFS (Flash File System). It is supposed to use page-based methods so that the data’s location on the drive won’t be tied to its physical space unlike now. According to SanDisk random write speeds are going to be 100 times faster than they are on drives using current technology. There are hopes that this advance, coupled with other upcoming standards, will lead to widespread adoption of SSDs in PCs (and much, much more money in their pockets). That should fit in nicely with news we just heard that Microsoft’s Windows 7, unlike Vista, will include optimization for use with the drives. While actual drives that carry ExtremeFFS have yet to be announced, SanDisk expects them to ship in 2009. Fun times.

[Via Electronista, CNET]

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InPhase has been promising its Tapestry (holographic storage disks) since 2005, but we’ve seen any product in action ever since. According to several recent reports, the constant setbacks and delays have just forced the Longmont, Colorado-based firm to trim down a its workforce to a length. In fact, the company fired its 120+ staff on May 30 in both engineering and research areas courtesy of CEO Nelson Diaz.

Well, InPhase should better come up with some real product now before its overpriced holographic storage end up in illusion rather than a reality…
[Via: The Register]