Microsoft today announced several new names for Performance Features coming with Windows Vista later this year.
Windows PC Accelerators is the new term that encompasses Windows Vista’s new performance-enhancing technologies. The Windows PC Accelerators are:
Windows® ReadyBoost™ (formerly code-named “EMD”)
Windows® ReadyDrive™ (formerly code-named “Piton”)
Feature descriptions and sample usage follow:
Windows SuperFetch™ is a memory management innovation in Windows Vista that helps make your PC consistently responsive by tracking what applications are used most on a given machine and intelligently preloading these applications into memory.
Windows ReadyBoost™ (formerly code-named “EMD”) makes PCs running genuine Windows Vista more responsive by using flash memory on a USB drive, SD Card, Compact Flash, or other memory form factor to boost system performance.
Example: Windows ReadyBoost™ is an easy way to make my computer feel faster. I just put in a USB key and follow the instructions on the screen.
Windows ReadyDrive™ (formerly code-named “Piton”) enables Windows Vista PCs equipped with a hybrid hard drive to boot up faster, resume from hibernate in less time, and preserve battery power. Hybrid hard drives are a new type of hard disk that integrates non-volatile flash memory with a traditional hard drive.
Sample Usage: I want to be sure my next laptop has a hybrid hard disk so I can use Windows ReadyDrive™.
I'm pretty excited to see these features come to light. It also clears up some misunderstanding on my part. I guess SuperFetch is Vista's enhanced memory managment while ReadyBoost is the technology that is able to take your USB Memory stick and turn it into memory for your PC.