Intel works on next-generation Optane SSD, memory technologies



“Every gamer is going to want to have 3D Xpoint. Every single gamer.”

Those were words from Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich when updating investors on the company’s Optane technology, which the chipmaker believes could ultimately replace SSDs and DRAM in PCs and servers.

Intel is now shipping the first-generation Optane but is also working on next-generation technologies as looks to increase density in this new class of storage and memory.

Intel says Optane is significantly denser and faster than SSDs and DRAM. It is based on a technology called 3D Xpoint, co-developed with Micron.

The chipmaker looks at Optane as the Moore’s Law of storage. With future generations, Intel wants to make the memory smaller, denser and cheaper, and that’s driving the development of Optane.

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