Intel reportedly working on a 20TB QLC 2.5-inch SSD

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Intel reportedly working on a 20TB QLC 2.5-inch SSD

Intel reportedly working on a 20TB QLC 2.5-inch SSD

Last week, both Intel and Micron announced the creation of their 3rd Generation 3D QLC memory, offering a 33% increase in storage density over today's TLC NAND and a 100% increase in storage density over MLC NAND. 

What QLC offers is increased amounts of storage density per NAND cell, with QLC being capable of storing four bits of information per memory cell. This memory type allows SSD makers to offer higher memory capacities in smaller form factors, facilitating the creation of compact storage mediums.  

So far, Intel has been quiet on the QLC front, though reports from both Anandtech and PC Perspective have stated that the company is working on an enterprise-grade QLC SSD that can offer 20TB of storage in a 2.5-inch form factor. Remember that the 2.5-inch form factor is what is used in most of today's SATA SSDs, though Intel is expected to make use of the thicker 15mm 2.5-inch form factor to create their monstrous 20TB SSD. 

For the client/consumer market, Intel is also reportedly working on QLC-based SSDs, which aim to offer end users attractive price points thanks to QLC's increased storage density. Leaked roadmaps have stated that Intel has a QLC-based 660p SSD in the works, offering SATA surpassing NVMe speeds in an M.2 form factor.  

Intel reportedly working on a 20TB QLC 2.5-inch SSD


It is likely that Intel's planned 20TB QLC drive will be the largest QLC drive that the company plans to ship at launch, though Samsung has already released a larger 30.72 TB TLC-based SSD in the same form factor.

It is possible that Intel has larger QLC-based SSDs planned for the future, especially if they manage to upgrade their QLC technology from a 64-layer 3D stack to a 96-layer stack, the same layer count as Intel's latest TLC NAND offerings. 

You can join the discussion on Intel's planned 20TB QLC enterprise SSD on the OC3D Forums

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31-05-2018, 17:14:19

So that's where there R&D is going towards..Quote

31-05-2018, 17:22:44

Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
So that's where there R&D is going towards..
Intel's problem on the CPU side was pride, they should have backported a post 10nm architecture to 14nm, to at least say that they are making architectural advancements.

Anyway, that is not the topic of this thread.Quote

31-05-2018, 17:53:58

Was just a joke reallyQuote

01-06-2018, 04:06:33

Originally Posted by WYP View Post
Anyway, that is not the topic of this thread.
Well it kinda is man. If I sold biscuits and was well known for it, then started researching candy and my biscuit prices went up because of it it would be relevant I suppose

Fact is Intel spend far too much money. On fines, for breaking the rules, back handers (Dell any one?) and so on. And it is all relevant to what it cost us, the end consumers, at retail.Quote

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