Intel 3D Xpoint Experiments Begin As Company Plans To Start Shipping Soon
According to some new information, Intel 3D Xpoint experiments are underway as the company is shipping out SSDs to various testers. In what is sort of becoming a stagnant playing field, Intel 3D Xpoint technology seeks to be a groundbreaking new move by the company in the world of computer memory and storage due to incredibly fast speeds and high capacity potential.
3D Xpoint, developed by Intel and Micron, is a new class of memory and storage that can be faster, denser, and more durable than conventional DRAM and flash storage. Intel claims that 3D Xpoint is 10 times denser than regular memory as well as delivering speeds up to 10 times faster than traditional SSDs available in the market right now.
The company’s new SSDs, branded Optane, will be featuring this Xpoint technology and are expected to ship by the end of this year while memory DIMMs featuring 3D Xpoint will come next year according to Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich.
Intel has already sent out some of these early development phase SSDs to testers so that further improvements can be made based on their feedback while the company decides what field would be best to use 3D Xpoint in.
As expected, the 3D Xpoint powered SSDs will obviously be a better fit for gamers according to Brian. Not only will they deliver unparalleled disk performance but also amazing storage space for those large games that quickly eat up all the storage of traditional SSDs.
Intel has said it will put 1TB of storage into a 1.5-millimeter-thick Optane drive for laptops and tablets, and up to 15TB of storage on a larger 2.5-inch drive. The SSDs will be compatible with the NVMe protocol and fit into PCI-Express slots.
While the company isn’t sure how widespread the use of Optane drives will be once they do get launched, it is hopeful that 3D Xpoint powered memory DIMMs will definitely see large scale adoption by all sorts of users as it can replace volatile memory being used in systems right now.