Recent IDF attendees might have overlooked such acronyms as ONFI and NVMHCI, but these two acronyms could very well be the future of flash based storage and possibly even a look at the future of Intel Robson-like technologies.
So what exactly are these acronyms, and how are they planning on changing the PC landscape?
“It [NONFI] is a part of an initiative to optimise the flash memory integration and performance in the PCs, starting with NVMHCI "Non Volatile Mem Host Controller Interface" akin to SATA AHCI.
NVMHCI is a standard programming interface for multiplatform OS support for flash as native storage at low level, enabling a single driver for both hard disks and flask memory. It can be used to support both the cache-like flash drive supplements like ReadyBoost or ReadyDrive, and full SSD storage devices.”
Current plans are for NONFI include three generations of products starting with a 133 MB/s part and ending up at 400 MB/s. That's pretty fast compared to today's hard disks, and even faster when compared to all but the very fastest of consumer-level SSDs.
NONFI based technologies could possibly end up in a special DRAM-like socket near the south bridge on a motherboard near you sometime in late '08 as long as NVMHCI gains acceptance.