Intel Unveiles the New Optane SSD Series with Intel Memory Drive Technology

  • Intel Unveiles the New Optane SSD Series with Intel Memory Drive Technology

Intel Unveiles the New Optane SSD Series with Intel Memory Drive Technology

The firm says that a 750GB PCIe model, alongside a 375GB model in the U.2 form factor, will b released in the second half of the year. The new 3D XPoint memory device - the Intel Optane SSD P4800X - might not be available in any commercial products this year, at least not the kind that regular users would buy.

According to Intel, the new data storage tier created by Intel Optane technology enables significantly improved response times under most workloads. "If one were to impose a Service Level Agreement (SLA) of a 10ms response time for 99% of all transactions, the Intel SSD DC P3700 is already out of SLA at just 4 threads, while the Intel SSD DC P4800X is still within SLA at 64 threads".

For more information on the new Intel Optane P4800X storage jump over to the offiical Intel website for details by following the link below. Investors shouldn't expect giant sales in the near-term, but over the long run, 3D XPoint could make a big splash in several memory end-markets - including some that are very different from the ones that it's initially targeting.

Intel Corp. has begun shipping new storage drives based on its 3-D XPoint non-volatile memory technology as it targets data-driven workloads.

In July 2015, Intel announced a new memory technology called 3D XPoint, and asserted that it would be 1,000 times faster than traditional NAND flash at the architectural level. Intel said it expects the cost structure to be closer to that of NAND than of DRAM.

The first variety of the highly awaited SSD series is the DC P4800X, that has 375 GB of storage capacity.

Intel argues that current storage approaches based on DRAM and NAND are contributing to the current datacenter storage gap, and that storage platform increasingly need to behave "like system memory". While DRAM and NAND use transistors etched in silicon to store electrical charges representing digital 1s and 0s, the new technology uses no transistors and stores no charge, Intel has said. It's a bit tricky to sort his out since Intel compared the new 375GB Optane DC P4800X against its own DC P3700 drives whose capacity point begin at 400GB.

Intel planned to launch 3D XPoint based solid state drives (SSDs) under the Optane brand "early in 2016".