Intel and Micron Announce New 3D XPoint Memory That is 1,000X Faster Than Today's SSDs

Intel and Micron Announce New 3D XPoint Memory That is 1,000X Faster Than Today's SSDs

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Intel and Micron have unveiled 3D XPoint technology, a major breakthrough in non-volatile memory and the first new memory category since NAND flash was introduced in 1989.

The explosion of connected devices and digital services is generating massive amounts of new data. To make this data useful, it must be stored and analyzed very quickly, creating challenges for service providers and system builders who must balance cost, power and performance trade-offs when they design memory and storage solutions. 3D XPoint technology combines the performance, density, power, non-volatility and cost advantages of all available memory technologies on the market today. The technology is up to 1,000 times faster and has up to 1,000 times greater endurance than NAND, and is 10 times denser than conventional memory.

"For decades, the industry has searched for ways to reduce the lag time between the processor and data to allow much faster analysis," said Rob Crooke, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group. "This new class of non-volatile memory achieves this goal and brings game-changing performance to memory and storage solutions."

"One of the most significant hurdles in modern computing is the time it takes the processor to reach data on long-term storage," said Mark Adams, president of Micron. "This new class of non-volatile memory is a revolutionary technology that allows for quick access to enormous data sets and enables entirely new applications."

New Recipe, Architecture for Breakthrough Memory Technology
Following more than a decade of research and development, 3D XPoint technology was built from the ground up to address the need for non-volatile, high-performance, high-endurance and high-capacity storage and memory at an affordable cost. It ushers in a new class of non-volatile memory that significantly reduces latencies, allowing much more data to be stored close to the processor and accessed at speeds previously impossible for non-volatile storage.

The innovative, transistor-less cross point architecture creates a three-dimensional checkerboard where memory cells sit at the intersection of word lines and bit lines, allowing the cells to be addressed individually. As a result, data can be written and read in small sizes, leading to faster and more efficient read/write processes.

Availability:
3D XPoint technology will sample later this year with select customers, and Intel and Micron are developing individual products based on the technology.


Intel and Micron Announce New 3D XPoint Memory That is 1,000X Faster Than Today's SSDs

Intel and Micron Announce New 3D XPoint Memory That is 1,000X Faster Than Today's SSDs

Intel and Micron Announce New 3D XPoint Memory That is 1,000X Faster Than Today's SSDs
samshit - July 31, 2015 at 8:17am
samsung invented this in 2004
Verdict - July 31, 2015 at 4:52pm
If Samsung invented it 11 years ago, why haven't they implemented it yet? Is it because Apple hasn't used it yet? This is new dumbass.
Dommm - July 30, 2015 at 9:01pm
How Would standard RAM compare pther than volatile
NoGoodNick - July 30, 2015 at 3:59pm
Reading this, I see "Expensive: for cloud storage sites only!"
Anonymous - July 30, 2015 at 3:17pm
I just came while reading this
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