Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th May 2006 13:06 UTC, submitted by Hae-Yu
Hardware, Embedded Systems "Samsung Electronics and Microsoft will next month show off the ready-to-market version of a hybrid hard drive which can greatly reduce boot-up time of laptops and desktop PCs. The HHD is the convergence of a flash memory chip and a conventional platter-type magnetic disk drive. To save the time and energy spent spinning a metal disk drive it is designed to use static flash memory when starting a PC."
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My girlfriend has a laptop (Nexoc Osiris S602) with a very fast BIOS POST. The BIOS takes about 1-2 seconds until the boot manager shows up. So it is really doable, even today, even with all hardware initialized.

I ask myself if EFI initializes much of the hardware, too. Perhaps it's just the way to go.

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