Intel Plans to Launch Optain Memory Modules Next Year
Yesterday, Intel confirmed that it planned to ship its 3D XPoint memory modules in the second half of 2018. The company first announced the project two years ago as part of a joint venture with Micron. Intel’s Optane storage devices were released earlier this year, but we still haven’t seen what the RAM-based hardware will be able to do.
While the details of the hardware are still unknown, Intel is confident that the market for 3D XPoint technology will continue to grow as time goes on. During their presentation yesterday, Intel said that it expects the market to be worth $8 billion within five year’s time. What has been released of the 3D XPoint technology has been met with a fairly warm reception though we believe the memory modules will be the real game changer in terms of market interest.
Beyond the vague release date of the second half of 2018, we don’t know when this hardware will launch. However, Intel has already reached out to its partners regarding the use of its 3D XPoint hardware so we expect things are progressing well. Overall, we’re very interested to see what this hardware will be able to do when it launches sometime next year.
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