Intel Demos 3D XPoint Optane Memory with Copy speeds of 2GB/s

Intel Demos 3D XPoint Optane Memory with Copy speeds of 2GB/s

Intel and Micron announce 3D XPoint Memory - 1000x Faster Than NAND

Intel Demos 3D XPoint Optane Memory with Copy speeds of 2GB/s


Last night Intel Micron had showcased their new 3D XPoint memory technology, a non-volatile memory technology that has the potential to revolutionize memory devices, applications, and services that benefit from fast access to large sets of data.

In their demo last night Intel had shown an XPOINT SSD deliver file transfer speeds of over 2GB/s, which while impressive is similar to the speeds achieved by current high-end NVMe SSDs, though it is worth noting that this file copy load is essentially random IO performance. 


Intel Demos 3D XPoint Optane Memory with Copy speeds of 2GB/s


Intel's 3D XPoint technology is a major breakthrough in memory process technology and the first new memory category since the introduction of NAND flash in 1989, bringing to the market a Non-Volatile memory which sits almost exactly in between existing NAND and DRAM technologies with the benefits of both.   

Intel announced that this new memory technology will be making it's way into consumer SSDs sometime in 2016 and will offer up to 5.5x the speed of Intel's NAND based DC P3700 NVMe SSDS under most workloads and up to 7x faster when under a que depth of 1, which has traditionally been where traditional SSDs are at their weakest.



When it comes to SSDs we know that NAND memory has it's own advantages and disadvantages, yes it is fast, but when compared to DRAM it simply doesn't compete in terms of speed, however DRAM have its own disadvantages, it is volatile, which means that it loses all of it's stored data when powered off and it is a lot more expensive than NAND when it comes to cost/GB.

Intel and Micron's 3D XPoint memory is seemingly the best of both worlds, with 10x the storage density of DRAM and over 1000x the speed and 1000x the endurance of NAND. 

This opens up a wide range of possibilities, like using XPoint memory as a CPUs memory pool and a PCs storage space at the same time or simply creating a Storage drive with RAMDISK like speeds without the volatility.

Manufacturing costs for this new type of memory are going to be between that of traditional NAND and DRAM chips. Remember that today DDR3 DRAM chips are over 10x the price of NAND chips per GB, so NAND still has the price/ capacity lead by a significant margin.

With storage capable memory that is this fast on the horizon, it is unsurprising that Intel has been trying so hard to get others to adopt the ultra-fast NVMe standard, as simply put 3D XPoint memory will need all of the speed that the NVMe standard can provide. 

When we see this new memory type become available in SSDs we will no doubt see record-breaking performance, though the price of this new memory technology will have to decrease to become more competitive with traditional NAND and upcoming 3D NAND based SSD storage.   


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15-04-2016, 04:37:56

My ssds already looking ancient.

Bright side is that there something else to be pouring money into soon.Quote

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