Intel’s groundbreaking 3D Xpoint technology is poised to shake up computer memory and storage with its blazing fast speed and high capacity, but the chipmaker is still trying to figure out the best fits for the technology.
3D Xpoint, developed by Intel and Micron, is a new class of memory and storage that can be faster, denser, and more durable than conventional DRAM and flash storage.
Intel claims 3D Xpoint is 10 times denser than memory, and the company has shown it to be up to 10 times faster than conventional SSDs.
New 3D Xpoint SSDs — which will be branded Optane — will ship by the end of this year. The 3D Xpoint memory DIMMs will come next year, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said during an earnings call this week.
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