With the recent announcement of the Lenovo Enhanced Experience 3, it’s a great time for me to provide some additional information – to expand upon the news with background, a little more detail, and (hopefully) interesting tidbits from a behind-the-scenes perspective.
EE3 was heavily influenced by the success of EE2 and all the feedback we received after its release. We demonstrated our ability to shatter boot expectations and our ecosystem testing showed Lenovo PCs were, on average, the fastest available. The most common responses were “that’s great but…”
1) What about modestly configured systems (i.e. non-SSD)?
2) What happens in a few months after I’ve used it, won’t it slow down?
We took this feedback and made sure to focus on addressing it in order to better satisfy our customers. This meant ensuring that any improvements would span across the breadth of our product portfolio, especially rotational HDD-only PCs (still the largest volume configuration), and continue to work – even thrive – over time.
RapidBoot in EE3 exists as two sub-technologies:
1) RapidBoot: HDD Accelerator – this creates a compressed cache of files needed at boot. The cache is read into system memory very early during boot and the PC continues to boot out of that cache instead of off the slower rotational drive. This essentially conveys an SSD-like boot experience on HDD systems. It’s an innovative idea that is made possible by shifting the burden from the I/O subsystem to the CPU and memory subsystem (which are traditionally underutilized during boot).
2) RapidBoot: BootShield – this preserves a good boot time as the PC ages, alleviating the impact of additional software installations. This is actually an iterative improvement over last year’s RapidBoot (v1.0) solution. The new version more carefully monitors system resources and dynamically allows for user-initiated tasks to receive immediate priority.
So you can see how the feedback lines up squarely with what we were able to deliver. And keep in mind, the RapidBoot work is on top of all the other optimizations we make to the BIOS, drivers, and software shipped on our PCs all the time. Such optimizations are engrained in the development process we pioneered at the outset of the first Enhanced Experience. All those small improvements add up and we never stop working.
One of the other objectives of EE3 was “to deliver tomorrow’s features today.” This meant identifying new trends in technology and adapting them into Lenovo products early, ahead of the industry and/or broader in scope. As a result and an addendum to EE3 we have a few other exciting performance-based technologies that will be available in select Lenovo products in 2012:
1) Disk Caching – this involves using a small mSATA SSD device (32GB or less) to act as a cache to accelerate access to a slower but larger rotational HDD. This greatly improves not just boot performance but also common user tasks such as file copying, browsing, and loading applications. You get the performance boost of an SSD along with the capacity of the HDD and the simplicity of a single C:\ drive.
2) 30-Day Standby – available on upcoming ThinkPad laptops, this is a feature of the Lenovo Power Manager that provides a near instant-on resume coupled with a significantly extended battery life experience. When the PC is not being used, it will transition to a deep sleep state. When the PC is resumed, we hope customers will be delighted with how much battery capacity they still have and won’t have to worry about how or when to charge it next.
Lenovo Enhanced Experience 3 is available now on several Think and Idea PCs – for the full list visit: http://www.lenovo.com/products/us/ee3. The list of EE3-certified PCs will expand as more PCs are announced in 2012.