Intel’s New Optane Memory Tech Could Allow for 1000 Times Faster Storage on MacBooks
A new memory technology from Intel and Micron, branded as Optane, promises to deliver speeds 1000 times faster than conventional flash storage thanks to a super-fast storage protocol, called 3D Xpoint technology.
According to a report from Macworld, Optane is compatible with the NVMe storage protocol that Apple already uses in some of its MacBooks, which means transition would be relatively easy for Apple if it decides to take advantage of the new ultra-fast technology.
Apple launched support for Non-Volatile Memory Express, or NVMe, with its new 12-inch MacBook, and enabled it with a software update to OS X released in April last year.
The Cupertino based tech giant is usually among the first vendors to implement the latest laptop technologies, so chances are high for it to opt for Optane as well when memory and SSD products based on this technology are released next year.
Keep in mind though, that it’s just a speculation at this point as Apple hasn’t confirmed its intentions yet.
The first Optane products will likely be SSDs and reach enthusiasts’ PCs sometime in 2017, then spread to other desktops and mobile products.