Optane: Intel-Micron's New Blazing Fast Memory Technology

Earlier this week Intel CEO Brian Krzanich briefly introduced on Intel’s latest technology, 3D Xpoint, also known as Optane. Co-developed with Micron, the memory system promises extreme performance leaps over the existing NAND memory technologies available and is expected to launch in 2016.

According to Paul Acron’s article last month the new 3D Xpoint technology has been designed to be non-volatile, meaning that when a power loss occurs your data is not lost, making it a great choice for storage in large sizes.

Traditionally, hard disks’ speed were measured in milliseconds while SSD latency was measured in microseconds. Pretty fast! But, to make things even more exciting, the new Optane technology is measured in NANOSECONDS. Yes, you read that right, we’re talking billionths of a second here. Crazy fast!

If that wasn’t enough blazing-fast-memory-swappage for you, Intel predicts Xpoint will have 1000x the endurance of current NAND technology and 10x the density of DRAM capabilities. It seems like Intel and Micron are really onto something here and it is definitely the future.

Interestingly enough, though, this new memory system will connect via PCI Express and will utilize the NVMe protocol that both Intel and Micron have been pushing for lately. Intel and Micron have both said they expect to launch the product sometime in 2016, putting the product within consumers grasp within the year.

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Author: Garrett Graff

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