VolvoFamily I have never heard the expression Whiteblock before in relation to a Volvo engine.
"Whiteblock" is the commonly-used term for multiple examples of Volvo alloy-blocked, alloy-headed overhead cam engines, mostly those known formally as the "Volvo Modular Engine" family built after about 1990. The blocks weren't painted and were alloy coloured, and so were called whiteblocks to distinguish them from their earlier relatives. They were succeeded by the "Volvo Engine Architecture" (VEA) whiteblocks in about 2016.
"Redblock" is the commonly used-term for the cast iron blocked, alloy overhead cam engines made from 1975 to 1998. Why? The blocks were painted red.
There's plenty of info about redblock engines around because they're simple, reliable, cheap, and strong for what they are. OTOH, there's very little info around outside of the textbooks or the minds of experts on whiteblocks by comparison due to the need to have a bunch of special tools, software, etc, to work on them without making expensive stuffups.