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SSDs based on Intel's 3D XPoint technology will arrive next year under the 'Optane' brand

By Shawn Knight
Aug 18, 2015
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  1. Intel’s annual developer conference / mini trade show kicked off earlier today in San Francisco. Among the topics of discussion during the keynote was 3D XPoint, the new memory technology that Intel announced late last month.

    SVP of Intel’s non-volatile memory solutions group, Rob Crooke, gave those in attendance a brief recap of the technology before introducing a new brand based on the technology called Intel Optane (not to be confused with Octane).

    The first Optane products will hit the market next year in the form of high-endurance, high-performance Intel solid state drives.

    When Intel introduced 3D XPoint last month, it promised the technology would deliver read speeds that are up to 1,000 times faster than today’s NAND chips. At IDF, Intel demonstrated an Optane PCIe solid state drive, pitting it against the company’s current flagship drive.

    AnandTech was on hand as the Optane drive outperformed the P3700 series drive by 5.21X (401,100 IOPS versus 77,000 IOPS with a queue depth of eight). With a read queue depth of one, the 3D XPoint-based drive scored 76,600 IOPS compared to the 10,600 IOPS turned in by NAND-based SSD. Unfortunately, that was the extent of Intel's public demo.

    The chipmaker also revealed that its new class of memory technology will power a new line of Intel DIMMs for its next-generation data center platforms.

    Images courtesy AnandTech

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  2. ferrellsl

    ferrellsl TS Member

    I swear that Intel and a handful of other tech companies use the same 12 year old kid to name their new products and technologies. What's next the Hexa-cuda or the Barra-Hexa-tane?
     
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  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    I'm guessing the 'op' part comes from IOPS but you're right... if only their naming (and numbering) was as good as some of their products.
    BTW I think they must send their marketing team to some kindergarten where they figure out names for products from the kids mispronunciations.
     
  4. Amy Grant

    Amy Grant TS Rookie

    Better is always just around the corner. Until the price is contained mass adoption will be very limited.
     
  5. OortCloud

    OortCloud TS Booster Posts: 119   +31

    Name aside, it looks an incredible technology. Seven times faster than their very fastest PCIE SSD equals about 25 times faster than a 'normal' fast desktop SSD. Cheap to produce and less prone to write-cycle issues too. Announcements like this come and go all the time, but this looks to be the real McCoy.
     

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