Intel’s Super Fast Optane SSDs scheduled for Q4 2016
Intel’s super fast Optane SSDs that feature the company’s new 3D XPoint technology are in the works and will become available by the end of this year, according to a leaked roadmap. The company is planning 3 series of super fast Optane SSDs.
The leaked roadmap was released by the Chinese website BenchLife. It shows that the three series will go by the code names Mansion Beach, Brighton Beach and Stony Beach.
Mansion Beach will be the first Intel’s super fast Optane SSD and will be released in Q4 of this year. The drives will use the PCIe/NVMe interface Gen 3×4 and are target enthusiasts as well as workstations. It is listed to have the same target audience as Intel’s current 750 series SSDs. Which is no surprise as the same people require faster storage
Brighton Beach also targets the same audience but uses the slower PCIe Gen 3×2 interface instead. The Brighton Beach drives are scheduled for Q1 of 2017 and will be succeeded by Carson Beach, Intel’s super fast Optane SSDs. These will have a PCI Gen 3×4 interface and come in a BGA or M.2 form-factor.
The last device on the road map is Stony Beach and is listed for System Acceleration. The roadmap lists it as Intel Optane Memory instead of Optane SSDs. It will have PCIe/NVMe Gen 2×3 devices and come available in a M.2. form factor. Also, the Stony Beach devices should become available in Q4 this year.
It is likely that Intel’s super fast Optane SSDs won’t become a mainstream product in the foreseeable future. Which likely will also show when pricing is revealed. To serve the mainstream market, Intel will continue to develop regular SSDs.
Intel’s super fast Optane SSDs will be used by enthusiasts or work stations that crucially need the high speed that this product offers. This is of course considering that by then no SSD of this speed comes out.