Sandisk has made a stunning announcement that Microsoft’s flagship operating system is not currently optimized for SSD [Solid State Drives], which are currently being used in Apple’s Air computer and also on some models from Toshiba. In an article from C/Net the CEO of Sandisk has stated:

Speaking during SanDisk’s second-quarter earnings conference call, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Eli Harari said that Windows Vista will present a special challenge for solid state drive makers. “As soon as you get into Vista applications in notebook and desktop, you start running into very demanding applications because Vista is not optimized for flash memory solid state disk,” he said.

This is due to Vista’s design. “The next generation controllers need to basically compensate for Vista shortfalls,” he said.

“Unfortunately, (SSDs) performance in the Vista environment falls short of what the market really needs and that is why we need to develop the next generation, which we’ll start sampling end of this year, early next year,” Harari said.

I went to the Sandisk web site and found this press release which seems to indicate that the new Netbooks, using Microsoft’s Windows XP, seem to work just fine.

A pioneer in developing SSDs for laptop computers, tablet PCs and blade servers, SanDisk is making the new SSD modules available in 4-, 8- and 16-gigabyte (GB)1 capacities, with a streaming read speed of 39 megabytes per second (MB/s)2 and a streaming write performance of 17MB/s.2 Supporting both Linux and Microsoft® Windows® XP operating systems, SanDisk pSSD solid state drives are being shown this week at Computex Taipei, where SanDisk is exhibiting at Booth M320 in Nangang Exhibition Hall.

SanDisk’s pSSD solid state drives, which are expected to be available starting in August, are built using the company’s reliable Multi-Level Cell (MLC) and Single-Level Cell (SLC) flash memory. This technology is produced at fabrication plants in Yokkaichi, Japan, where SanDisk and its partner, Toshiba Corporation, share the output. The two companies have co-developed many of the designs and technologies in NAND flash.

ULCPCs are inexpensive handheld laptops – smaller than a conventional notebook computer but larger than a mobile “smart” phone – that are easy to carry and cost in the range of $250 to $350. They enable consumers to browse the Internet on the go, with a user interface that replicates that of larger PCs. Originally, ULCPCs were developed as low-cost computing solutions for school children in developing nations. But the diminutive devices have caught on with adults, and now manufacturers are rolling out devices that are designed for general consumer use. Other names for these include Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) and Mobile Internet Device (MID).

This one statement ‘Supporting both Linux and Microsoft® Windows® XP operating systems’ says it all and confirms why Microsoft has had to continue using Windows XP for these devices. It was first hinted that Vista, because of its high hardware and resource issues, was the main reason that Netbooks were not using Vista. Now it appears there were also other issues behind the decision to go with XP.

Which makes one wonder. With these new Netwooks hitting the street in August, which will come with either Linux or Windows XP, how long will Microsoft need to keep supporting XP? It would appear if these new computers sell in the millions of unit as is suspected, that Windows XP may have a long, long life span. 🙂

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