Optimizing MEMS-Based Storage Devices for Mobile Battery-Powered Systems

M.G. Khatib, Pieter H. Hartel

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    An emerging storage technology, called MEMS-based storage, promises nonvolatile storage devices with ultrahigh density, high rigidity, a small form factor, and low cost. For these reasons, MEMS-based storage devices are suitable for battery-powered mobile systems such as PDAs. For deployment in such systems, MEMS-based storage devices must consume little energy. This work mainly targets reducing the energy consumption of this class of devices. We derive the operation modes of a MEMS-based storage device and systemically devise a policy in each mode for energy saving. Three types of policies are presented: power management, shutdown, and data-layout policy. Combined, these policies reduce the total energy consumed by a MEMS-based storage device. A MEMS-based storage device that enforces these policies comes close to Flash with respect to energy consumption and response time. However, enhancement on the device level is still needed; we present some suggestions to resolve this issue.
    Original languageUndefined
    Article number10.1145/1714454.1714455
    Pages (from-to)1-37
    Number of pages37
    JournalACM transactions on storage
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2010


    • TST-uSPAM: micro Scanning Probe Array Memory
    • green storage
    • mobile systems
    • EWI-17856
    • Probe Storage
    • IR-71238
    • Design space
    • Energy Efficiency
    • METIS-277405

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